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Community-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection among Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder

  • Salva N. Balbale (a1), Stuart Johnson (a2) (a3), Stephen P. Burns (a4), Stephen M. Kralovic (a5), Barry Goldstein (a4), Dale N. Gerding (a2) (a3) and Charlesnika T. Evans (a1) (a6)...
Abstract

The impact of community-associated Clostridium difficile infection (CA-CDI) on patients with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/Ds) is not fully understood. We examined CA-CDI cases among veterans with SCI/D, comparing them with community-onset, healthcare facility-associated (CO-HCFA) cases. Generally, patients with CA-CDI had less comorbidity, less severe CDI, and lower likelihood of antibiotic exposure.

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Edward Hines Jr., Veterans Affairs Hospital, 5000 South 5th Avenue (151H), Room D304, Hines, IL 60141 (salva.balbale@va.gov)
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
  • URL: /core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology
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