Clinical Pearl Wednesday #51

Have a patient with acute diarrhea? Ask them if they have been on an antibiotic recently.

It amazes me that providers don’t ask this simple question when they are seeing cases of acute diarrhea.

Antibiotic associated diarrhea is very common and could indicate C. Diff infection.

Treatment is usually straight forward as well: Obtain stool cultures and start Metronidazole.

Patients typically will start feeling better in a matter of 2-3 days.

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