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Journal of Infectious Diseases & Therapy
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Clostridium Difficile Infection: An Increasing Postsurgical Complication

Aikaterini Masgala*, Spiros G Delis and Christos Dervenis
Hepatobilliary Surgical Unit, Surgical Clinic, Konstantopouleio General Hospital, Athens, Greece
Corresponding Author : Aikaterini Masgala
Konstantopouleio Generla Hospital
Hepatobilliary Surgical Unit, Athens, Greece
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Received September 29, 2014; Accepted October 16, 2014; Published October 28, 2014
Citation: Masgala A, Delis SG, Dervenis C (2014) Clostridium Difficile Infection: An Increasing Postsurgical Complication. J Infect Dis Ther 2:176. doi: 10.4172/2332-0877.1000176
Copyright: © 2014 Masgala A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Over the past decade the incidence of Clostridium Difficile infection has increased worldwide. Virulent forms of this organism have developed augmenting the morbidity and mortality of the disease. Surgical patients, especially those undergoing gastrointestinal surgery and solid organ transplantation, express high rates of CDI. Risk factors such as older age, prolonged preoperative hospital stay, use of broad spectrum antibiotics, and immunosuppression, have been identified. Given the high morbidity and mortality rates in this group of patients, implementation of targeted strategies to reduce infection risk must be applied.


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