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Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium, and is one of the most common causes of infection of the colon. C. difficile spores are found frequently in hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and nurseries for newborn infants. They can be found:
- on bedpans,
- toilet seats,
- rooms, and
- diaper pails.
They even can be carried by pets. Antibiotic-associated (C. difficile)
colitis is an infection of the colon caused by C. difficile
that occurs primarily among individuals who have been using antibiotics. Treatment for C. difficile
- replenishment of electrolyte deficiencies,
- discontinuing the antibiotic that caused the colitis, and
- using antibiotics to eradicate the C. difficile bacterium.
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