Concomitant Medical Conditions and Therapies Preclude Accurate Classification of Children With Severe or Severe Complicated Clostridium difficile Infection

Kociolek, L. K.; Patel, S. J.; Shulman, S. T.; Gerding, D. N.

J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015 Nov 20; 4(4):e139-42

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.

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