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Med Clin North Am. 2010 Jan;94(1):135-53. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2009.08.013.

Clostridium difficile and inflammatory bowel disease.

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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA.


The past decade has seen an alarming increase in the burden of disease associated with Clostridium difficile. Several studies have now demonstrated an increasing incidence of C difficile infection in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with a more severe course of disease compared with the non-IBD population. This article summarizes the available literature on the impact of C difficile infection on IBD and discusses the various diagnostic testing and treatment options available. Also reviewed are clinical situations specific to patients with IBD that are important for the treating physician to recognize.

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