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High colonization rate and prolonged shedding of Clostridium difficile in pediatric oncology patients

Samuel R Dominguez, Susan A Dolan, Kelly West, Raymund B Dantes, Erin Epson, Deborah Friedman, Cynthia A Littlehorn, Lesley E Arms, Karen Walton, Ellen Servetar, Daniel N Frank, Cassandra V Kotter, Elaine Dowell, Carolyn V Gould, Joanne M Hilden, James K Todd
Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2014 August 1, 59 (3): 401-3
Surveillance testing for Clostridium difficile among pediatric oncology patients identified stool colonization in 29% of patients without gastrointestinal symptoms and in 55% of patients with prior C. difficile infection (CDI). A high prevalence of C. difficile colonization and diarrhea complicates the diagnosis of CDI in this population.


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