Clostridioides difficile, also known as Clostridium difficile, C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, like nausea, watery diarrhea, stomach pain and stomach cramps that may be severe.
The symptoms of Clostridium difficile (C. diff ) infection often start with:
In more serious cases, symptoms may be:
If you get diarrhea (very liquid stool) within a few days of being admitted to, or released from, a hospital, or within two months of taking an antibiotic, and you have had three or more bouts of diarrhea in 24 hours, C. diff may be the reason. Talk to your doctor right away.