Concomitant medical conditions and therapies preclude accurate classification of children with severe or severe complicated Clostridium difficile infection

Larry K. Kociolek*, Sameer J. Patel, Stanford T. Shulman, Dale N. Gerding

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Abstract

Severe and severe complicated Clostridium difficile infections (SCDI/SCCDI) were retrospectively assessed in a pediatric cohort. Underlying medical conditions and concomitant medical therapy preclude accurate classification of children with SCDI/SCCDI, using current CDI severity definitions. Revised CDI definitions in children should focus on more objective, age-appropriate, and CDI-specific markers of severity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e139-e142
JournalJournal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

Keywords

  • Clostridium difficile
  • Complicated
  • Definition
  • Pediatric
  • Severe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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