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Clostridium Difficile Infection

Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile (a gram-positive anaerobic bacterium), is now recognized as the major causative agent of colitis (inflammation of the colon) and diarrhea that may occur following antibiotic intake. C. difficile infection represents one of the most common hospital (nosocomial) infections around the world. A discussion of how it is transmitted, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Topics: Bacteria, gut flora, Diarrhea, loose stools, Fact Sheet, Other Disorders/Symptoms

About the Author

  • Charalabos Pothoulakis, MD

    Division of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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