DIAGNOSIS - o Pseudomembranous colitis: Demonstration of...

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o DIAGNOSIS: Clinical: Gas gangrene: Symptomology and the presence of bacilli in the wound. Tetanu s: Cramping and twitching around a wound, auditory hyperacuity and pain in neck and jaw. Tetanus is similar to strychnine ingestion so must exclude the latter. o Botulism: Difficult to diagnose. Must demonstrate a normal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to exclude other possibilities. The toxin is rarely found.
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Unformatted text preview: o Pseudomembranous colitis: Demonstration of pseudomembranes by colonoscopy is diagnostic. o Laboratory: Members of the genus Clostridium can be differentiated from other bacteria by laboratory techniques including enzymatic digestion on egg-yolk agar plates and by using mice treated with or without antitoxin. For PC, the organisms can be isolated from feces....
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