Case: Use of antibiotics during pregnancy blamed for bowel complications

July 9, 2012

This patient required a total colectomy, reanastomisis, and ongoing bowel problems after a course of antibiotics during pregnancy. Did the lawsuit hold up?

More stool cultures were ordered, including testing for Clostridium difficile. Before the culture results were received the patient went into labor and a repeat cesarean delivery was performed. She then progressed to a fulminant course of C difficile pseudomembranous colitis and required a total colectomy. Reanastomosis was accomplished 1 year later. The woman claimed that she was unable to control her bowel movements and continued to experience abdominal pain, frequent dehydration, and weight loss.

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