Higher C. Diff Rates Linked to Vancomycin for Bowel Disease Patients

A study has linked initial vancomycin monotherapy to higher rates of Clostridium difficile infection in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a report by Internal Medicine News.

The study, presented at Digestive Disease Week, also linked steroid use within three months of the infection to a higher recurrence rates of C. Difficile infection.


Researchers said the link between vancomycin and C. Difficile recurrence may have something to do with the severity of inflammatory bowel disease, and after treatment there may also be increased rates of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus infection that could affect the microbiome.


Read the Internal Medicine News report on inflammatory bowel disease.


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