Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff) Topic Guide

Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, C. diff, Antibiotic Related Colitis) 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.


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