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What is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)?

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that can cause an infection called colitis, resulting in abdominal pain and diarrhea. A person may become susceptible to C. difficile if taking certain antibiotics for some other reason; the antibiotic may decimate the colonies of bacteria normally carried in the colon, thereby allowing C. difficile to thrive.

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