A Curiously Rare Case of Septic Shock from Clostridium difficile Colitis

Kirsten Virginia Loftus*, Paria Majd Wilson

*Corresponding author for this work

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This case provides the first report of a young healthy child presenting in septic shock from Clostridium difficile colitis. This child had no identifiable risk factors for C. difficile, raising the suspicion for a hypervirulent strain. Once infection was recognized and treated appropriately, the child made a full recovery. This case presentation highlights the need to consider C. difficile colitis in the differential diagnosis of severely ill patients, even in the absence of traditional risk factors or symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-578
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Clostridium difficile colitis
  • septic shock

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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