Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 264–266 | Cite as

Pseudomembranous colitis

Report of a severe case with unusual clinical signs in a young nurse
  • Aman Boaz
  • Michael Dan
  • Ilan Charuzi
  • Ofer Landau
  • Yoela Aloni
  • Shlomo Kyzer
Case Reports


We describe the case of a young and otherwise healthy nurse who developed pseudomembranous colitis ten days after receiving oral clindamycin for dental infection. Her clinical course was particularly stormy and was characterized by severe diarrhea and vomiting, profuse ascites, pleural effusion, abdominal tenderness, peritoneal irritation, and systemic toxicity. TheClostridium difficile assay was negative on two occasions. Features compatible with pseudomembranous colitis were seen at sigmoidoscopy, and the diagnosis was confirmed by biopsies.

Key words

Enterocolitis Pseudomembranous Clostridium difficile Medical staff 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aman Boaz
    • 1
  • Michael Dan
    • 1
  • Ilan Charuzi
    • 1
  • Ofer Landau
    • 1
  • Yoela Aloni
    • 1
  • Shlomo Kyzer
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of Surgery “B” and Infectious Diseases Unit, Wolfson Medical Center, Holon Sackler School of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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