alexa Recurrent Clostridium difficile colitis in cystic fibrosis: an emerging problem.


Pediatrics & Therapeutics

Author(s): Egressy K, Jansen M, Meyer KC

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine the incidence of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), including patients who had undergone lung transplantation, and review clinical findings in hospitalized patients with C. difficile colitis. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed to examine the clinical presentation and management of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who received care at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) from 1994 to 2011 and were prospectively identified with C. difficile colitis. RESULTS: Ten cases of C. difficile associated disease (CDAD) occurred in patients with CF followed by our Adult CF Center over a period of 17 years, and 4 patients were bilateral lung transplant recipients. Two of the lung transplant recipients had recurrent CDAD that lead to fulminant pancolitis, surgical intervention, and shock. Two patients in the non-transplant group experienced recurrent C. difficile infection that led to fulminant pancolitis with associated systemic inflammatory response syndrome and required colectomy. CONCLUSIONS: C. difficile colitis can cause life threatening illness in patients with CF, and symptoms may be subtle and/or atypical and lead to significant delay in diagnosis. Patients with recurrent C. difficile colitis are at high risk of fatal outcome, and empiric therapy should be considered for patients with previous C. difficile colitis even in the absence of disease when broad-spectrum antibiotics are given to treat bacterial infection. Copyright © 2012 European Cystic Fibrosis Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This article was published in J Cyst Fibros and referenced in Pediatrics & Therapeutics

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