Clostridium difficile

Presentation

Appropriate Tests

Diarrhoea, often antibiotic and healthcare associated, can be severe, fulminant and associated with colitis

Faeces MCS and antigen, Clostridium difficile toxin A & B detection, PCR (Molecular genetics - microbial).

Typing of isolates is available in severe disease and during outbreaks.

See also Diarrhoea, Infections in the immunocompromised.