- By Dana Sparks
C. diff Severe in Hospitalized Children
Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-uhm dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon and most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long-term care facilities. But Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered children are also severely affected by C. diff.
Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, Sahil Khanna, MBBS, says, “Despite increased awareness of C. diff in children, and advancements in management and prevention of C. diff, this remains a major problem in hospitalized children.”
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This and other Mayo Clinic studies are being presented at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting.
Sound bites with Dr. Khanna are available in the downloads
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