Acute Colonic Pseudoobstruction
Colonic pseudo-obstruction is a rare condition with symptoms that resemble the symptoms caused by a mechanical bowel blockage or obstruction. Foods and liquids are unable to pass through the intestine, causing a build-up of food, fluid, and gas in the bowel. However, when the bowel is examined by the healthcare provider, no blockage exists. Dr. Jennifer Ayscue discusses acute pseudoostruction in depth, including the risk factors, diagnostic modalities, conservative and pharmacologic treatment options, and endoscopic and surgical options.
Dr. Mohammed Bayasi discusses six non-infectious colidites, how to differentiate between infectious and non-infectious colitis, how to recognize conditions and risk factors, how to distinguish between the various forms, and the medical and surgical treatment options.
Ischemic colitis occurs when blood flow to part of the colon is reduced due to narrowed or blocked blood vessels. The diminished blood flow provides insufficient oxygen for the cells and can cause pain and damage to the colon. Dr. James FitzGerald identifies the signs and symptoms of ischemic colitis, the diagnostic tools used to evaluate, and the medical and surgical interventions available.
Persistent and Recurrent Clostridium difficle
Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection is the most frequent cause of nosocomial diarrhea and causes significant morbidity. Persistent and recurrent C. difficle infection makes our attempts as physicians to eradicate this infection extremely difficult. Dr. Thomas Stahl discusses the etiology of persistent and recurrent C. difficle infections, clinical practices for prevention of C. difficle infections, and treatment strategies for C. difficle.