Monday, March 19, 2007

Clostridium difficile

Hello, my name is C. difficile.
I'm an anaerobic, Gram Positive rod that can make spores.
I live in your digestive tract.

I cause pseudomembranous colitis.
Sometimes if you take broad spectrum antibiotics (especially clindamycin and the cephalosporins) you kill off your friendly bacteria.
That leaves lots of room for me.
I make toxins that cause very bad inflammation.
You get diarrhoea, abdominal pain and a fever.

I covered myself in a white membrane like coating that can be seen on the inside of your intestines.


bex said...

hallo i've just found your blog and as a microbe torturer i thought you might like this little ditty, it is set to supercalafragilisticexpealidocious and goes; Pseudomembranous colitis makes your arse atrocious, even when you get treatment your bowels will get necrosis, and so on and so on. My work buddies and I have made up a load more microbe related parodies if you are interested.

Anonymous said...

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Nice blog !

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Anisha Zaveri said...


This is so incredibly innovative. I'm going to forward this link to everyone I know in my Microbiology department.

Could you make one on Azotobacter please? We are doing a project on isolation of mutant strains of Azotobacter with greater N2 fixing ability, you see. So it would be great if we could get a poem on the bacterium.


Anonymous said...


Not a first time visitor.

Send my regards to Legionella :)

The Book Broad said...

Hello there,
This is so cute!I'm so glad I came across your blog.Its great for students of microbiology like me.Hope you do come up with something on azotobacter as anne blythe mentioned...yup,i'm working on the same project as her...
Waiting with interest!Cheers!