WHAT IS C. difficile?
C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacteria that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.
This illness most commonly affects older adults that are in hospitals or in long-term care facilities and typically occurs after overuse of antibiotic medications. However, young and healthy individuals who haven't used frequent antibiotics and who haven't been in a health care facility can also contract C.diff.
In the United States each year there are about half million people who get sick from C. difficile. Recurrent C. difficile infections also are on the rise.
The most common signs and symptoms of moderate to severe C. difficile infection are:
- Watery diarrhea 10 to 15 times a day
- Abdominal cramping and pain, which may be severe
- Rapid heart rate
- Blood or pus in the stool
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Swollen abdomen
- Kidney failure
- Increased white blood cell count
eStudySite engages in investigative clinical trials of medications treating C. difficile. Qualified subjects participating in a trial receive study-related medical evaluations and the investigative study medication at no cost, and may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel cost.
If you suffer from C. difficile and would like to learn more, or volunteer for a study, please fill out the form to the right, or call us at 619-704-2750.