Clostridium difficile in children: To treat or not to treat?

Jung Ok Shim

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Abstract

Clostridium difficile infection has been increasing since 2000 in children and in adults. Frequent antibiotics use, comorbidity, and the development of hypervirulent strains have increased the risk of infection. Despite the high carriage rates of C. difficile, infants rarely develop clinical infection. Discontinuing antibiotics and supportive management usually leads to resolution of disease. Antibiotics use should be stratified depending on the patient's age and severity of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Anti-bacterial agents
  • Child
  • Clostridium difficile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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