<i>Clostridium difficile</i>

John G. Bartlett

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Clostridium difficile

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Clostridium difficile is a Gram-positive spore-forming anaerobic bacillus found in the environment. Its spores are part of the colonic flora in about 2 to 3% of healthy adults, with colonization rates increasing during hospitalization to 20 to 40%. Disease occurs when the organism shifts to its replicating vegetative form with toxin (A and B) production, this typically happening when there is inhibition of the competing colonic flora by antibiotics. ...

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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