Korean J Gastrointest Endosc > Volume 42(6); 2011 > Article
Korean Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2011;42(6): 410-414.
Three Cases of Pseudomembranous Colitis with Hematochezia
Hyun Jun Kang, M.D., Dong Hyup Kwak, M.D., Min Ho Choi, M.D., Ho Tae Kim, M.D., Tae Yeung Kwak, M.D., Hyun Chaol Lee, M.D., Yeung Sung Kim, M.D. and Jung Hee Kim, M.D.*
Departments of Internal Medicine and *Pathology, Kwak's Hospital, Daegu, Korea
Abstract
Clostridium difficile is the most common nosocomial pathogen of the gastrointestinal tract. Pseudomembranous colitis occurs as a result of a severe inflammatory response to Clostridium difficile toxins. Pseudomembranous colitis is an increasingly frequent cause of morbidity and mortality among elderly hospitalized patients. Diarrhea is the most common manifestation. According to the literature, stools are almost never grossly bloody, and range from soft and unformed to watery or mucoid in consistency. We now report the cases of three patients with pseudomembranous colitis whose main clinical manifestation was hematochezia.
Key Words: Pseudomembranous colitis, Hematochezia
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