Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

C. Diff may soon be diagnosed at bedside

  • Comment
Clostridium difficile could be diagnosed quickly by looking at faeces from patients, because it differs from that of healthy people, say UK researchers.

Clostridium difficile could be diagnosed quickly by looking at faeces from patients, because it differs from that of healthy people, say UK researchers.

A team from the Universities of the West of England and Bristol plan to use the finding to develop an electronic device capable of rapid diagnosis at the bedside by healthcare staff.

They found that the faeces of patients with ulcerative colitis, Campylobacter jejuni and Clostridium difficile all had significantly different chemical compositions.

Chris Probert, from Bristol University, said: 'Early treatment of Clostridium difficile means patients have a much better chance of survival and fewer complications. However, at present the average length of time taken to diagnose the condition is eight days.'

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs