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Revista chilena de infectología

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GARDILCIC F, MAGDALENA et al. CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE ASSOCIATED DIARRHEA IN AN ADULTS HOSPITAL.: A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2000, vol.17, n.4, pp.307-312. ISSN 0716-1018.

A study was performed to know the epidemiological features of Clostridium difficile- associated diarrhea in a tertiary care teaching hospital. Cases were detected by a citotoxin A immunoassay applied to stool samples. Twenty seven patients with 31 episodes of C. difficile associated diarrhea were identified during a 4 month period of passive surveillance. Most of the affected patients were female (62.9%), older than 65 years (77.7%) and had gastrointestinal procedures or medications. All the patients were pre exposed to antibiotics, mainly ciprofloxacin (40.7%), Three patients died (11%), but only one of them by a cause directly related to C. difficile infection. Failure to oral metronidazol therapy was registered in 25.9% of the patients and 3 other relapsed during follow-up (11%). Infection rates according to 100 discharged patients were higher in recuperative neurosurgical wards and in the intermediate medical care unit.

Palavras-chave : Clostridium difficile; Antibiotic associated diarrhea.

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