Antibiotics are a common treatment for many illnesses, but sometimes they can also put people at risk for an infection from a bacterium called Clostridium Difficile or C. Diff for short. It is very contagious but can usually also be treated by antibiotics specified for C. Diff bacteria. Occassionally, more intense treatments are needed, such as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).
Help your patients better understand their risk of this infection, especially if they are in a hospital or long-term care clinic where C. Diff is very common, by sharing the February 2019 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology AGA Patient Education Section Section.
More information about Clostridium Difficile can be found on the AGA GI Patient Center patient page on C.Diff. Information on the FMT procedure is also available. If you suggest your patients have an FMT, ask them to learn more about The AGA Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) National Registry. If they have received an FMT, they are strongly encouraged to be a part of it.