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Development of pseudomembranous colitis four months after initiation of rifampicin.
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PMID:  21326858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) may develop with long-term antibiotic administration, but is rarely reported to be caused by antitubercular agents. We present a case of PMC that occurred 120 days after starting rifampicin. A 74-year-old man was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis and started on a standard HERZ regimen (isoniazid, ethambutol, rifampicin, pyrazinamide). After 4 months of HERZ, he presented with frequent bloody, mucoid, jelly-like diarrhea and lower abdominal pain. Sigmoidoscopy revealed multiple whitish plaques with edematous mucosa that were compatible with PMC. Biopsies from these lesions showed ulcer-related necrotic and granulation tissue. We stopped antitubercular treatment and started the patient on oral metronidazole. His symptoms completely resolved within 2 weeks. Antitubercular treatment was restarted by replacing rifampicin with levofloxacin. The patient did not present with diarrhea or bloody stool throughout the rest of treatment.
Jeong Moon Choi; Hyung Hun Kim; Seun Ja Park; Moo In Park; Won Moon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-01-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Case reports in gastroenterology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1662-0631     ISO Abbreviation:  Case Rep Gastroenterol     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-17     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101474819     Medline TA:  Case Rep Gastroenterol     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-51     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Internal Medicine, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
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