Symptoms of Clostridium Difficile Infection

The severity of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) symptoms may depend on your age and overall health. Most healthy people are not adversely affected by C. diff. In patients with chronic illness, symptoms may include:

  • Watery diarrhea at least three times a day for two days or more
  • Fever
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness

More severe symptoms can include:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dehydration
  • Blood or pus in stool
  • Weight loss

Complications of C. diff infection are sepsis (body-wide response to infection), colitis, bowel perforation (hole), kidney failure and in some cases, death.