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.
- Clostridium difficile colitis
- septic shock
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Emergency Medicine