Risk factors may identify asymptomatic C. difficile carriers

Asymptomatic Clostridioides difficile colonization is significantly associated with previous hospitalization, gastric acid suppression, tube feeding and corticosteroid use, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.“There is growing interest in the role of asymptomatic C. difficile-colonized patients as a potential source of transmission,” Abhishek Deshpande MD, PhD, of the Center for Value-Based Care Research at the Cleveland Clinic, told Healio. “However, few studies have specifically evaluated the risk factors for C. difficile colonization among hospitalized adults.”Read More

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