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Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile (C difficile) is a type of bacteria which can cause a severe infection of the colon known as pseudomembranous colitis. Hospital and nursing home patients who receive antibiotic treatments are at an especially high risk of acquiring this infection. The infection occurs when antibiotics kill off the normal bacteria in the bowel, allowing the C difficile to take over. The C difficile bacteria produce a toxin that causes abdominal cramping and severe diarrhea. This can be especially dangerous to patients who are already in a weakened state from other complications.

  • Diagnosis: If a C difficile infection is suspected your physician will review your medical history, including your use of antibiotics, and perform the necessary tests.
  • Treatment: Medications are sometimes used in treating the infection. However, taking the patient off of antibiotics may alleviate the problem. There are also procedures that your physician can perform to restore the normal intestinal flora.