Study: C. diff Colitis Increased 47% Over 10 Years

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Clostridium difficile colitis, an inflammation of the colon associated with C. difficile, has increased 47 percent from the 2001-2005 period to the 2006-2010 period, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

An analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2001 to 2010 also found that colectomies increased 32 percent in the same time frame. Overall, a colectomy was required in 0.7 percent of CDC cases and had an associated mortality of 30.7 percent.

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The researchers identified the predictors for colectomy and mortality, which may help healthcare providers stratify patients by risk and provide counseling, according to the study.

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