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Bacteremia due to Clostridium difficile--review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19398213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Extracolonic Clostridium difficile infections have been infrequently reported. Extracolonic manifestations of C. difficile include bacteremia, intra-abdominal abscess, osteomyelitis, visceral abscess, empyema, reactive arthritis, and small bowel disease with formation of pseudomembranes on ileal mucosa. Most cases of extracolonic C. difficile have been preceded by gastrointestinal disease, either C. difficile colitis or surgical and anatomical disruption of the colon. Bacteremia due to C. difficile has previously been described in 14 patients with underlying gastrointestinal processes. We report a unique case of monomicrobial C. difficile bacteremia in a young woman with an underlying hematologic malignancy. The patient lacked gastrointestinal symptoms or radiologic findings suggestive of colitis or ongoing gastrointestinal pathology.
Donice B Libby; Gonzalo Bearman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-04-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1878-3511     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-28     Completed Date:  2009-11-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610933     Medline TA:  Int J Infect Dis     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e305-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, 1101 East Marshall Street, PO Box 980049, Richmond, VA 23298-0049, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bacteremia / microbiology*
Clostridium difficile / isolation & purification*
Hematologic Neoplasms / complications*

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