Clostridium Difficile

Also known as C.diff or C.difficile, is a spore-forming bacterium which is present as one of the normal bacteria found in the gut of up to 3% of all healthy adults. People over the age of 65 are more susceptible to developing this illness due to these bacteria.

C.difficile diarrhoea occurs when the normal gut flora is altered, allowing C.difficile bacteria to flourish and produce a toxin that causes watery diarrhoea. Procedures such as enemas, gut surgery and drugs such as antibiotics and laxatives cause disruption of the normal gut bacteria and therefore increase the risk of developing C.difficile diarrhoea.

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Get in touch with Benenden Hospital

You can access treatment in a number of ways, as a self-paying or privately insured patient, a Benenden member, or as an NHS patient. In all cases, you just need to ask your GP to refer you to Benenden Hospital. For general enquiries, contact us below.