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Obesity may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infection

Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified obesity as a possible risk factor for clostridium difficile infection (CDI). These findings, which appear online in Emerging Infectious Diseases, may contribute to improved clinical surveillance of those at highest risk of disease.


During the past decade, the annual number of hospital discharge diagnoses of CDI have doubled from approximately 139,000 to 336,600 and physicians are starting to see these infections in traditionally low risk patients without any healthcare or antibiotic exposure. According to the researchers this has raised the concern for whether there are yet unidentified risk factors increasing the probability of CDI in a subset of individuals.

The discussion section of this article is available here: http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/812023_4

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