1. Antibiotic-related diarrhea ranges from mild illness to life-threatening pseudomembranous colitis. Overgrowth of Clostridium difficile causes pseudomembranous colitis. Amoxicillin, cephalosporins and clindamycin have been implicated most often, but any antibiotic can be the cause.
2. Patients with pseudomembranous colitis have high fever, cramping, leukocytosis, and severe, watery diarrhea.
3. Latex agglutination testing for C difficile toxin can provide results in 30 minutes.
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