Research for infection protection

AAD

Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Diarrhoea caused by antibiotic therapy. In addition to the antibiotic’s direct effect on intestinal bacteria, antibiotic-associated diarrhoea is often triggered by infections. During antibiotic therapy, certain bacteria normally inhabiting the intestinal tract are killed. Thus, the delicate balance in the colon is disrupted and more resistant bacteria may grow. 

The result: diarrhoea that – in rare cases – can be life-threatening due to the loss of fluids and salts. Infections with Clostridium difficile are particularly feared. Further bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus or fungi such as Candida albicans are considered to cause AAD.