Clostridium difficile


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General Information

Anaerobic spore forming gram positive bacilli, box-car shaped

Nosocomial more common than community onset diarrhea usually after taking antibiotics.

Can occur in outbreaks.

Recurrence is very common therefore previous history of C. difficile is a risk factor.

Antacids, especially proton-pump inhibitors, and chemotherapy also increase risk.

Wide range of symptoms possible.

  • Profuse, watery diarrhea

  • Pseudomembranous colitis or toxic megacolon.

Probiotics may be helpful.

In refractory cases, stool transplants have been effective.

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