C. difficile

What is Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff)?

Your digestive tract is home to more than 1,000 species of micro organisms. While most of these micro organisms are harmless or even helpful, sometimes something comes along to upset this perfect balance in your digestive tract. When this happens otherwise healthy bacteria may grow out of control and you may become ill. One of the more severe of these bacteria is Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff). When these bacteria grow rampant they can release a toxin which attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and causes Clostridium difficile colitis.

Although C diff is rare when compared to other bacteria, it is also one of the most important reasons for infectious diarrhea in the United States alone. Read more »

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