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Colitis refers to any time that the colon becomes inflamed. C. Difficile stands for clostridium difficile, also known as chloridoids difficile and is a bacterium that can infect the body and cause symptoms in the colon. Therefore, C. difficile colitis is a condition in which bacteria infect the body and cause inflammation of the colon.
C. difficile colitis is caused when the body becomes infected with the bacterium C. difficile. C. difficile bacteria are found all throughout the environment such as: in water, food products, human and animal feces, soil, air, and more. The spores of the bacteria can pass through direct contact, or through the air and can persist in a space for up to a few months. Once contaminated, a person may unknowingly swallow the spores and become infected with C. difficile bacteria.
Some people can be infected with the C. difficile bacterium and never become sick. Symptoms of C. difficile colitis can range from very mild to very severe.
The most common symptoms of C. difficile infection are:
If you experience any combination of these symptoms or anyone symptom persistently, you should contact a GI Alliance gastroenterologist today. If you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 immediately.
C. difficile colitis can generally be treated using antibiotics that target the C. difficile bacteria. Occasionally, in more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the diseased portion of the colon. You should speak to your doctor about the best treatment option for your case.
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