Thursday, December 5, 2013

Q: What are the less well know risk factors for C.Diff. Colitis in ICU beside previous antibiotics usage, age and severity of illness?
  1. Antacid therapy
  2. Stool softeners
  3. Nasogastric or oro-gastric tubes
  4. Enteral feeds
  5. Cathartics


1. Poutanen SM, Simor AE: Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea in adults. CMAJ 2004;171:51-58

2. Thielman NM, Wilson KH: Antibiotic-associated colitis -  Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R (eds): Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 6th ed, vol 1. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2005, pp 1249-1262.

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