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Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. Symptoms include

  • Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness

You might get C. difficile disease if you have an illness that requires prolonged use of antibiotics. Increasingly, the disease can also be spread in the hospital. The elderly are also at risk. Treatment is with antibiotics.

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Photograph of the bacterium Clostridium difficile
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  1. Clostridium Difficile Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. Symptoms include Watery diarrhea ( ...
  2. ... Consumer Summary – Dec. 19, 2011 Treating and Preventing C-diff Infections: A Review of the Research for Adults ... can make some people sick. What causes a C-diff infection? Your intestines have many “good” germs in ...
  3. FAQs about Clostridium Difficile (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF  
    ... ee-um dif-uh-SEEL], also known as “ C. diff ” [See-dif], is a germ that can cause diarrhea. Most cases of C. diff infection occur in patients taking antibiotics. The most ...
  4. Clostridium difficile Infection (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    ... klo-STRID-ee-um dif-uh-SEEL”), or C. diff., is a type of bacteria that lives in many people’s intestines. For these people, C. diff. is part of the normal balance of bacteria ...
  5. Information about the Current Strain of Clostridium difficile (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... severe disease and an associated increase in mortality. C. diff infection remains a disease mostly associated with healthcare ( ... or the emergence of the epidemic strain of C. diff infection with increased virulence and/or antimicrobial resistance. ...
  6. Special Concerns for Seniors: Clostridium difficile (Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics)  
    Clostridium difficile - an introduction Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) is a potentially fatal pathogenic bacterial species that lives in the inner lining of the colon and causes painful diarrhea. Spread easily, ...
  7. Toddler's Diarrhea (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) - PDF  
    ... may consider: 1) Giardia, Cryptosporidium, or Clostridium difficile (C. diff) —these are infections that can cause chronic diarrhea ...
  8. Clostridium difficile and C. difficile Toxin Testing (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)  
    ... this page helpful? Also known as: C. difficile ; C. diff Formal name: Clostridium difficile Culture; C. difficile Toxin, A and B; C. difficile Cytotoxin ...
  9. JAMA Patient Page: Clostridium Difficile Colitis (American Medical Association) - PDF  
    ... Clostridium difficile (also known as C difficile and C diff ). The disease results from disruption or removal of normal healthy bacteria from the colon by antibiotics. The C difficile bacterium produces toxins (poisonous substances) that attack ...
  10. Clostridium difficile: A Cause of Diarrhea in Children (American Medical Association) - PDF  
    ... intestine called the colon. It is sometimes called C diff for short. These bacteria are found in feces (bowel movement). A major risk factor for getting a C difficile infection is being on antibiotics. People can ...
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