1=Intermediate magnification micrograph
of colonic pseudomembranes
in Clostridium difficile colitis
, less precisely also known as pseudomembranous colitis
. Colonic resection
. H&E stain
. The presence of pseudomembranes is not synonymous with Clostridium difficile colitis
; pseudomembranes may arise due to other infectious organisms and/or bowel ischemia
. As the name implies, pseudomembranes are not
real membranes; they represent necrotic
debris that is attached to the colonic wall and may vaguely resemble a volcanic eruption, when examined microscopically.
Related images File:Colonic pseudomembranes low mag.jpg | Low mag. File:Colonic pseudomembranes intermed mag.jpg | Intermed. mag.