Clostridium Difficile

Common Name(s)

Clostridium Difficile

Clostridium difficile colitis, also known as c. diff, is a type of bacterial infection that may affect the colon. The colon is the last portion of the gastrointestinal tract, which helps digest food and form stool. Clostridium difficile colitis can cause bloating, severe diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It is commonly related to overuse of antibiotics in older or hospitalized people. Physicians can diagnose clostridium difficile colitis by testing the stool for the bacteria or the toxins that it creates. Clostridium difficile colitis is treated with specific antibiotics to kill the bacteria, and other antibiotics are often stopped. Other newer treatments include probiotics and fecal transplants.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Clostridium Difficile" returned 1506 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Clostridium difficile Infection.
 

Author(s): Daniel A Leffler, J Thomas Lamont

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2015 Jul;373(3):287-8.

 

Last Updated: 16 Jul 2015

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Burden of Clostridium difficile infection in the United States.
 

Author(s): Fernanda C Lessa, Lisa G Winston, L Clifford McDonald,

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2015 Jun;372(24):2369-70.

 

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2015

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Epidemiology of clostridium difficile infection.
 

Author(s): Jürgen Stausberg

Journal: Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2015 May;112(19):345.

 

Last Updated: 5 Jun 2015

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The terms "Clostridium Difficile" returned 186 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Clostridium difficile spores and its relevance in the persistence and transmission of the infection].
 

Author(s): Jonathan Barra-Carrasco, Cristian Hernández-Rocha, Patricio Ibáñez, Ana M Guzmán-Durán, Manuel Álvarez-Lobos, Daniel Paredes-Sabja

Journal: Rev Chilena Infectol. 2014 Dec;31(6):694-703.

 

C. difficile is an anaerobic spore former pathogen and the most important etiologic agent of nosocomial and community acquired antibiotics associated diarrheas. C. difficile infections (CDI) are responsible for an elevated rate of morbidity in developed and developing countries. Although ...

Last Updated: 14 Feb 2015

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Clostridium difficile infection: guideline-based diagnosis and treatment.
 

Author(s): Christoph Lübbert, Endres John, Lutz von Müller

Journal: Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2014 Oct;111(43):723-31.

 

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is the pathogen that most commonly causes nosocomial and antibiotic-associated diarrheal disease. Optimized algorithms for diagnosis, treatment, and hygiene can help lower the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of C. difficile infection (CDI).

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2014

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Enterococci, Clostridium difficile and ESBL-producing bacteria: epidemiology, clinical impact and prevention in ICU patients.
 

Author(s): Jan A Sidler, Manuel Battegay, Sarah Tschudin-Sutter, Andreas F Widmer, Maja Weisser

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Most hospital-acquired infections arise from colonising bacteria. Intensive care patients and immunocompromised individuals are at highest risk for microbial invasion and subsequent infection due to multiple invasive procedures in addition to frequent application of chemotherapeutics ...

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2014

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Study of a Candidate Clostridium Difficile Toxoid Vaccine in Subjects at Risk for C. Difficile Infection
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Clostridium Difficile Infection

 

Last Updated: 14 May 2015

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The Risk for Clostridium Difficile Colitis During Hospitalization in Asymptomatic Carriers
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Clostridium Difficile; Colitis

 

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2014

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Vancomycin Prophylaxis in Recurrent Clostridium Difficile Infection
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Clostridium Difficile Infection

 

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2014

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