URL of this page: https://medlineplus.gov/clostridiumdifficileinfections.html

Clostridium Difficile Infections

Also called: C. diff. infections, Clostridium enterocolitis, pseudomembranous colitis
On this page

See, Play and Learn

  • No links available

Resources

Summary

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

C. difficile is more common in people who need to take antibiotics for a long period of time.The elderly also have a higher risk of getting it. The infection can spread in hospitals and nursing homes.

Tests of your stool can diagnose C. difficile. Sometimes you might also need imaging tests, to check for complications. Certain antibiotics can treat it. Rarely, there are severe cases that need surgery.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Start Here

Diagnosis and Tests

Treatments and Therapies

Specifics

Clinical Trials

Children

Seniors

Patient Handouts