Journal Article

<i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> and <i>Clostridium difficile</i> Cause Distinct Pseudomembranous Intestinal Diseases

M. Kent Froberg, Elizabeth Palavecino, Richard Dykoski, Dale N. Gerding, Lance R. Peterson and Stuart Johnson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 5, pages 747-750
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/423273
Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile Cause Distinct Pseudomembranous Intestinal Diseases

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We report simultaneous infections with Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a patient with discrete colonic pseudomembranes typical of C. difficile infection, as well as confluent, loosely adherent pseudomembranes in the small bowel. Identification of MRSA in the small bowel pseudomembrane by polymerase chain reaction supports S. aureus as an enteric pathogen.

Journal Article.  2231 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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