Pseudomembranous colitis associated with ampicillin and erythromycin therapy: Report of a case

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Abstract

Pseudomembranous colitis has been observed increasingly often after therapy with several antibiotics. This report describes the case of a patient in whom pseudomembranous colitis developed in association with ampicillin, an extremely rare complication of this drug, and erythromycin, a drug that has not been previously reported to cause the disease. Clinical and pathologic features, pathogenesis, and management are discussed. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important to reduce the significant morbidity and mortality associated with this disorder.

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