Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-uhm dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications.
Watery diarrhea itself is one of the classic symptoms of infection with C. difficile. For c difficile colitis, other prominent symptoms include: lower abdominal pain/cramping, low-grade fever, elevated white blood cell count, and watery diarrhea (up to 15 x per day)!
[box type=”note”]While all antibiotics can predispose people to c difficile infection, the most common culprits include: penicillins, cephalosporins, and fluoroquinolones. [/box]