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Clostridium difficile

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Introduction
A Clostridium difficile infection is a type of bacterial infection that can affect the digestive system. It most commonly affects people who have been treated with antibiotics.
Symptoms of Clostridium difficile infection
The most common symptom of a mild to moderate C. difficile infection is regular bouts of usually foul-smelling, watery diarrhoea.
Causes of Clostridium difficile infection
People most vulnerable to a C. difficile infection are those who have been treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Diagnosing Clostridium difficile infection
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection is diagnosed by carrying out laboratory tests on a sample of the infected person's faeces.
Treating Clostridium difficile infection
You will only need treatment for a Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection if you have symptoms. No treatment is needed if the bacteria are living harmlessly in your digestive system.
Preventing Clostridium difficile infections
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) bacteria can spread easily, particularly in healthcare environments such as a hospital or care home.
Complications of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)
Complications of a Clostridium difficile infection are uncommon, occurring in around 1 in 35 cases.
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