How common is relapse of Clostridium difficile (C diff) colitis?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Faten N Aberra, MD, MSCE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Approximately 20-27% of patients treated for a first episode of C difficile colitis relapse after successfully completing therapy, typically 3 days to 3 weeks after treatment has ended.

Patients who relapse once are at an even greater risk for further relapses; the relapse rate for patients with 2 or more relapses is 65%. [36]


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