Clostridium Difficile Infections
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. Symptoms include
- Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain or tenderness
You might get C. difficile disease if you have an illness that requires prolonged use of antibiotics. Increasingly, the disease can also be spread in the hospital. The elderly are also at risk. Treatment is with antibiotics.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficilePseudomembranous colitis is infection of the large intestine (colon) with an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile bacteria. The overgrowth of Clostridium difficile bacteria occurs if one take antibiotics (antibiotic-associated diarrhea). Pseudomembranous colitis specifically describes the formation of a membranous exudate in the colon, which occurs in approximately half of cases of C. difficile colitis. The illness is characterized by intractable diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain, and in severe cases life-threatening complications can develop, such as toxic megacolon.
Also Known As
Related ICD 10 COdeICD 10 Code A04.7