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(The Tennessean)   The answer is: One more thing you don't want to contract. "What is 'toxic megacolon,' Alex?"   (tennessean.com) divider line 79
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2012-08-16 11:21:51 AM  
Her colon was so swollen that it pushed pressure up to her lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

"That's a big colon."
t2.gstatic.com 
 
2012-08-16 01:05:14 PM  
Or as it's otherwise called, "Me ten minutes after eating at Taco Bell."
 
2012-08-16 01:24:04 PM  
A Power Rangers villain?
 
2012-08-16 03:24:56 PM  
Fecal transplant?

I've told others to do this, but I didn't know it was a real thing.
 
2012-08-16 04:18:50 PM  
Sounds like what happens to Judge Dredd after one-too-many burritos.

AMIRITE GUYS?
 
2012-08-16 04:20:08 PM  
RIP Dan Quisenberry
 
2012-08-16 04:21:24 PM  
C'est difficile.
 
2012-08-16 04:21:50 PM  
FTFY:

"That's when the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates hospital disinfectants, learned that none of its approved products actually killed C. diff spores - though many claimed on their labels that they were effective against the bacteria. Five years passed, with C. diff rates skyrocketing, before the agency ordered manufacturers to remove the claims and began to identify new disinfectants that work."

Job-killing regulators are at it again it seems.

/amidoingitriteguise.jpg
 
2012-08-16 04:26:01 PM  
WORST

TRANSFORMER

EVER
 
2012-08-16 04:26:23 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-16 04:26:48 PM  
Coming soon to the Syfy Network: "Toxic Megacolon, " starring Tiffany, Dean Cain & whatever former Cosby kid might be available.
 
2012-08-16 04:27:52 PM  
img706.imageshack.us

Toxic MegaForce? I loved that movie.
 
2012-08-16 04:28:34 PM  

cleveoh: Coming soon to the Syfy Network: "Toxic Megacolon, " starring Tiffany, Dean Cain & whatever former Cosby kid might be available.


As long as there are tits, I'm in.
 
2012-08-16 04:29:14 PM  
This sort of thing is too costly to implement. Think of the jobs that will be lost because of money being diverted to unnecessary "environmental cleaning" projects.

Damn patients just aren't bootstrappy enough.
 
2012-08-16 04:29:31 PM  

cleveoh: Coming soon to the Syfy Network: "Toxic Megacolon, " starring Tiffany, Dean Cain & whatever former Cosby kid might be available.


Pretty sure that one is staring Dana Plato.
 
M-G
2012-08-16 04:30:18 PM  
My MIL developed it after she was in the hospital, and it ultimately killed her. Of course, if she hadn't been a chain-smoking alcoholic, she probably wouldn't have been in the condition to acquire it in the first place. But it's pretty nasty stuff.
 
2012-08-16 04:31:26 PM  
Megacolon huh? Now where did I see that...

Aboslutely NSFW Link
 
2012-08-16 04:32:37 PM  
Yeah, probably for the best that link was edited out.
 
2012-08-16 04:32:38 PM  

BigLuca: cleveoh: Coming soon to the Syfy Network: "Toxic Megacolon, " starring Tiffany, Dean Cain & whatever former Cosby kid might be available.

Pretty sure that one is staring Dana Plato.


If you stare long enough into Dana Plato, Dana Plato also stares into you

/I meant starring
 
2012-08-16 04:34:44 PM  
Actually, that is something that I want to contract.
I certainly don't want to expand it.
 
2012-08-16 04:34:47 PM  

Spoon over Marin: Fecal transplant?

I've told others to do this, but I didn't know it was a real thing.


It is. Basically C.diff thrives in absence or weakness of normal gut flora. A fecal transplant (grown in lab, not usually in, um, the 'raw' form) can be a lifesaver when other therapies don't work. It is introduced directly into the colon via enema.

C.diff is freaking nasty and incredibly dangerous for those afflicted. It has a mortality rate as high as 25% in the elderly.
 
2012-08-16 04:37:10 PM  
I saw them in concert on a double-bill with Unkle Nutz.
 
2012-08-16 04:37:11 PM  
www.lucyandmaeve.com
 
2012-08-16 04:38:46 PM  
cdn0.sbnation.com
Your mother got a piece of my toxic colon, trebek! HAW HAW HAW!
 
2012-08-16 04:39:45 PM  
well it's a good thing hospitals & doctors are on top of this.

/would megacolon require a colossal-ostomy?
 
2012-08-16 04:41:32 PM  

illannoyin: Megacolon huh? Now where did I see that...

Aboslutely NSFW Link


I thought you were going to link to that Fischerspooner song.
 
2012-08-16 04:42:13 PM  
 
2012-08-16 04:53:26 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: [upload.wikimedia.org image 256x340]


No way...must download immediately....
 
2012-08-16 04:53:56 PM  
Fecal transplant? How about that shiat?
 
2012-08-16 04:54:04 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-16 04:57:29 PM  
Yet another reason to hate hospitals. Dirty, dirty places were germs go to party.

I'm guessing if she took antibiotics or something similar that killed the good bacteria and let all the nastiness of the hospital party gangs in. The fecal transplant was an interesting idea, those gut bacteria must be pretty strong little farkers to overpower an out of control infection like that.
 
2012-08-16 04:58:44 PM  
Oh, my ex.
 
2012-08-16 05:00:41 PM  

alywa: Spoon over Marin: Fecal transplant?

I've told others to do this, but I didn't know it was a real thing.

It is. Basically C.diff thrives in absence or weakness of normal gut flora. A fecal transplant (grown in lab, not usually in, um, the 'raw' form) can be a lifesaver when other therapies don't work. It is introduced directly into the colon via enema.

C.diff is freaking nasty and incredibly dangerous for those afflicted. It has a mortality rate as high as 25% in the elderly.


In certain countries they are moving to make this the treatment of choice, since it is more effective than just keeping on nuking the patient's body with antibiotics.

However, it is a real live poop transplant.

Lara Thompson was 26 when her life fell apart.

"In three weeks, I dropped 15-20 pounds," she says now. "I couldn't keep anything in; I would have to run to the bathroom at a moment's notice. I was so lethargic I had to stay home from work."

For months, physicians kept trying different drug regimens, while Thompson's hair fell out and her muscles wasted. By summer, she was down 40 pounds and close to desperate. Scouring the internet for alternatives, she found a description of a treatment that didn't use drugs.

It was a fecal transplant, which is just what it sounds like: inserting strained, diluted feces harvested from someone with a healthy gut into the sick person's large intestine, in hopes of replacing the devastated colony of bacteria living there with a fresh, robust one.

In late October 2008, (her doctor) performed the transplant as an outpatient procedure, after Thompson had done the clean-out preparations that someone does to get ready for a colonoscopy. Her boyfriend was her donor.

In two hours, she started feeling better. In three years, her C. diff has never recurred.
 
2012-08-16 05:03:35 PM  

M-G: My MIL developed it after she was in the hospital, and it ultimately killed her. Of course, if she hadn't been a chain-smoking alcoholic, she probably wouldn't have been in the condition to acquire it in the first place. But it's pretty nasty stuff.


I think I had that same MIL. Chain-smoking alcoholic with COPD and peripheral artery disease. She swelled up like a beached whale from C. diff and died in the hospital.
 
2012-08-16 05:03:47 PM  

alywa: Spoon over Marin: Fecal transplant?

I've told others to do this, but I didn't know it was a real thing.

It is. Basically C.diff thrives in absence or weakness of normal gut flora. A fecal transplant (grown in lab, not usually in, um, the 'raw' form) can be a lifesaver when other therapies don't work. It is introduced directly into the colon via enema.

C.diff is freaking nasty and incredibly dangerous for those afflicted. It has a mortality rate as high as 25% in the elderly.


i've been in and out of the hospital a few times this summer and c diff was one of the many things i was tested for. (white count was over 25k) a critical care nurse friend of mine told me that its horrific and if a patient has it, the entire floor is overtaken by the stench. she said to insist anyone coming in my room to wash their hands instead of using hand sanitizers and to be sure they wash before they put on gloves.

/thankful i didn't have it
//still don't know what caused the infection
 
2012-08-16 05:05:48 PM  
You CAN'T contract toxic megacolon.
 
2012-08-16 05:06:11 PM  
"We missed something we totally had the capacity to catch."

I am SO sure! Gag me with a spoon.
 
2012-08-16 05:13:15 PM  

BullBearMS: alywa: Spoon over Marin: Fecal transplant?

I've told others to do this, but I didn't know it was a real thing.

It is. Basically C.diff thrives in absence or weakness of normal gut flora. A fecal transplant (grown in lab, not usually in, um, the 'raw' form) can be a lifesaver when other therapies don't work. It is introduced directly into the colon via enema.

C.diff is freaking nasty and incredibly dangerous for those afflicted. It has a mortality rate as high as 25% in the elderly.

In certain countries they are moving to make this the treatment of choice, since it is more effective than just keeping on nuking the patient's body with antibiotics.

However, it is a real live poop transplant.

Lara Thompson was 26 when her life fell apart.

"In three weeks, I dropped 15-20 pounds," she says now. "I couldn't keep anything in; I would have to run to the bathroom at a moment's notice. I was so lethargic I had to stay home from work."

For months, physicians kept trying different drug regimens, while Thompson's hair fell out and her muscles wasted. By summer, she was down 40 pounds and close to desperate. Scouring the internet for alternatives, she found a description of a treatment that didn't use drugs.

It was a fecal transplant, which is just what it sounds like: inserting strained, diluted feces harvested from someone with a healthy gut into the sick person's large intestine, in hopes of replacing the devastated colony of bacteria living there with a fresh, robust one.

In late October 2008, (her doctor) performed the transplant as an outpatient procedure, after Thompson had done the clean-out preparations that someone does to get ready for a colonoscopy. Her boyfriend was her donor.

In two hours, she started feeling better. In three years, her C. diff has never recurred.


This is an instance where you'll take that shiat with a smile on your face.
 
2012-08-16 05:17:34 PM  
Fecal Transplant.

FARK is full of specialists in this area.
 
2012-08-16 05:22:55 PM  
Very similar to Electro-Gonorrhea, the "Noisy Killer".
 
2012-08-16 05:27:25 PM  
blogs.browardpalmbeach.com

What is "toxic megacolon"?
 
2012-08-16 05:28:26 PM  
drx.typepad.com

Doesn't want to say "I told you so".
 
2012-08-16 05:31:10 PM  
Hooray tenesmus!
 
2012-08-16 05:35:14 PM  
Just think of all the colon tattoos you could get!
 
2012-08-16 05:55:55 PM  

BullBearMS: Her boyfriend was her donor.


Well, at least now he knows whatever trouble he causes, she has to put up with his shiat.
 
2012-08-16 05:56:21 PM  
Bullbear,

Thx for that info. Dad (67) just got out of hospital after his 4th recurrence since May.

He was participant #1 in a test fora new drug, which did great (much better than cytomycin(sp?)) so his doc doesn't think he was in the control group.

It came back again, and they gave him back on regular meds again. If it comes back after this, doc says theyre looking at fecal transplant.

It's nasty, and comes back quick. He went from fine at 10pm to in the hospital at 2am this time.

Anyway, thx for the info - the transplant stuff was pretty comforting actually.
 
2012-08-16 05:57:14 PM  
Hey my own NCSB....

My mom is in the hospital right now and contracted it for a second time. Her colon basically disintegrated in the surgeon's hands when they got to it. Sadly, I've gained more information from this article than the doctors will tell us. Other than the last time she had it 4 months ago, they told us AFTER that she nearly died.

/We hope she'll be out tomorrow
//been a few weeks
 
2012-08-16 06:12:11 PM  

GRCooper: Bullbear,

Thx for that info. Dad (67) just got out of hospital after his 4th recurrence since May.

He was participant #1 in a test fora new drug, which did great (much better than cytomycin(sp?)) so his doc doesn't think he was in the control group.

It came back again, and they gave him back on regular meds again. If it comes back after this, doc says theyre looking at fecal transplant.

It's nasty, and comes back quick. He went from fine at 10pm to in the hospital at 2am this time.

Anyway, thx for the info - the transplant stuff was pretty comforting actually.


Odd that doctors and patients even bother putting up with these antibiotic treatments. Seems like they hardly ever work, are expensive, and HELL on the body.
Sounds like fecal transplant should reasonably be the first-line treatment. I don't care if some mfg is brewing synthetic shiat in a vat or they use a pool of "tested" donors who crap in a box for money. And they put in food coloring and call it "Craperin" or something medical-sounding.

Also kind of odd that they seem to insist on a close relative. Apparently it's not for genetic reasons, since they used her boyfriend, not a genetic relation. This seems to be a form of quasi-intimacy and you'd be "violated" if you had a qualified STRANGER'S poop infused inside you.
 
2012-08-16 06:18:38 PM  
That's not really something you contract......

That being said, abdominal pain is as serious as chest pain. Yeah, it's more likely to be benign but when it's not it will kill you deader than shiat.

//sorry to hear that Sugarmoobs.
 
2012-08-16 06:21:43 PM  
Oznog,

I've wondered about that too.

Dad got cdiff after he was on antibiotics (got sick on a trip to Mexico - go figure, eh?).

Doc said cdiff hits when antibiotics kill all the good bacteria, so the cure is more antibiotics? Seems illogical to me. He's also on probiotics, but doesn't the antibiotic just kill that off too?

Hope they pick me for the transplant - would love to be able to tell dad that he's not only full of shiat, he's full of MY shiat.
 
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