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J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Sep;52(9):3437-9. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01303-14. Epub 2014 Jul 16.

The Bristol stool scale and its relationship to Clostridium difficile infection.

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1
Department of Medicine, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
2
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
3
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Healthcare Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Control, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
4
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Healthcare Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Control, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA david.pegues@uphs.upenn.edu.

Abstract

The Bristol stool form scale classifies the relative density of stool samples. In a prospective cohort study, we investigated the associations between stool density, C. difficile assay positivity, hospital-onset C. difficile infection, complications, and severity of C. difficile. We describe associations between the Bristol score, assay positivity, and clinical C. difficile infection.

PMID:
25031446
PMCID:
PMC4313178
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.01303-14
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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