Author(s): Sharma P, Bomireddy R, Phillips S
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Abstract The aim of the study presented here was to record the incidence and outcome of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea in patients undergoing surgery for intertrochanteric femoral fractures. Between January 2000 and June 2001, a total of 239 patients who underwent surgery after sustaining an intertrochanteric femoral fracture were included in the study. Seventeen patients developed Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea (incidence risk, 7.1\%), and six patients died after developing the condition (case fatality rate, 35\%). Thus, Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea was found to cause significant morbidity and mortality after surgery for intertrochanteric femoral fractures, and antibiotics should be used judiciously in this group of patients.
This article was published in Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals