Symptoms of C. difficile Colitis
Individuals with mild C. difficile colitis may have:
- a low-grade fever,
- mild diarrhea (5-10 watery stools a day),
- mild abdominal cramps and tenderness.
Those with severe C. difficile colitis may have:
- a high fever (temperature of 102 F to 104 F),
- severe diarrhea (more than 10 watery stools a day) with blood, and
- severe abdominal pain and tenderness.
Severe diarrhea also can lead to dehydration and disturbances in the electrolytes (minerals) in the body. Rarely, severe colitis can lead to life-threatening complications such as megacolon (markedly dilated colon), peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdominal), and perforation of the colon.