The Prediction of Complicated Clostridium difficile Infections in Children

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Abstract

We validated proposed definitions for severe Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in adults for prediction of complicated CDI in children. Complicated CDI occurred in 9 of 202 cases. Definitions for severe CDI in adults showed poor measures for discrimination of complicated CDI in children, which calls into question the usefulness of such definitions in pediatric cohorts.

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