Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff) Topic Guide
Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff, Antibiotic Related Colitis): Clostridium difficile (or C. difficile, C. diff) colitis is an infection of the colon. C. diff infection is most commonly associated with antibiotic use. Another common name is pseudomembranous colitis. C diff bacteria is commonly found on items such as floors, bedpans, phones, fingernails, etc. C diff infection causes are use of certain antibiotics. Risk factors for C diff infection include hospitalization, age, and chronic medical conditions. Treatment is generally with another antibiotic.
Ulcerative Colitis Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an acute or chronic inflammation of the membranes that line the colon. Symptoms of UC include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, urgency for a bowel movement, fever, fatigue, and lack of appetite. Treatment for UC include medication and lifestyle changes. On occasion, surgery may be a necessary treatment for ulcerative colitis.
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