Clostridium difficile

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Clostridium difficile

(dɪˈfɪsɪli; ˌdɪfɪˈsiːl)
n
(Pathology) a faecal organism endemic in hospitals and responsible for the majority of hospital-acquired cases of diarrhoea in elderly patients. Sometimes shortened to: C.difficile or C.diff
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Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the association between thrombocytosis, leukocytosis and C difficile infections at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Results: Of 162 patients with C difficile infection, 36 (22%) had thrombocytosis, and 97 (60%) had leukocytosis.
Conclusions: The presence of thrombocytosis may be helpful to improve the pretest probability for C difficile infections.
2) Standard diagnostic tests, which detect C difficile toxins in stool by enzyme immunoassays, are both sensitive and specific.
The incidence of C difficile infection for all members during 1993 to 1997 was 14.
Are C difficile infections increasing in health care workers?
Is the prevalence of new hand sanitizers contributing to increases in C difficile transmission?
In another experiment, hamsters were challenged by C difficile delivered orally, followed by a dose of clindamycin to create an even more severe test of the effects of Ramoplanin, vancomycin and metronidazole.