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Gut Bacteria Can Predict Treatment Response and Recurrence of C. difficile

C. difficile is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Now, researchers in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have new hope for selecting the right treatments for patients to stop the infection and alleviate painful symptoms sooner. They have discovered changes in the gut microbiome, the community of bacteria in the digestive tract, that predict how a patient with C. difficile will respond to treatment.

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