Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a Gram-positive bacterium, which causes gastrointestinal infections in vulnerable hospitalized patients.
Outcomes range from mild uncomplicated diarrhea to severe-complicated disease with fever, tachycardia and psuedomembranous colitis. Mortality rates can reach 6-30%. This DiseaseINFOPACK report is an expert review of the current literature (November 2008) providing the reader with a full easy-to-read overview of the pathogen, its epidemiology, through to its clinical impact and current management. The report also includes discussion with global opinion leaders regarding their viewpoints on current disease trends and future dynamics.