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Clinical and Infection Control Implications of <i>Clostridium difficile</i> Infection With Negative Enzyme Immunoassay for Toxin

Dubert M. Guerrero, Christina Chou, Lucy A. Jury, Michelle M. Nerandzic, Jennifer C. Cadnum and Curtis J. Donskey

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 53, issue 3, pages 287-290
Published in print August 2011 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2011 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/cir361
Clinical and Infection Control Implications of Clostridium difficile Infection With Negative Enzyme Immunoassay for Toxin

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In a prospective study of 132 patients with a diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by polymerase chain reaction, 43 (32%) had enzyme immunoassay (EIA) results negative for toxin. EIA-negative patients with CDI did not differ in clinical presentation from EIA-positive patients and presented a similar risk for transmission of spores.

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

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