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Clostridium difficile infection presenting as acute abdomen

Kanwaldeep Singh, Rama Gupta, Rajdeep Singh Chhina, Kavita Saggar, Omesh Goyal, Jasdeep Singh

Keywords : Acute abdomen, C.difficile infection, pseudomembranous colitis

Citation Information : Singh K, Gupta R, Chhina RS, Saggar K, Goyal O, Singh J. Clostridium difficile infection presenting as acute abdomen. J Gastrointest Infect 2013; 3 (1):66-68.

DOI: 10.5005/jogi-3-1-66

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-10-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is an important cause of infectious nosocomial diarrhoea. Widespread use of antibiotics has led to a dramatic rise in the incidence of CDI. However, a majority of the CDI cases are either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because of low clinical suspicion or the use of diagnostic tests with low sensitivity. Although occurrence of diarrhoea in a patient who has recently received antibiotics is an important clue to the diagnosis of CDI, presentation of CDIwith non-diarrheal symptoms like fever, pain abdomen or abdominal distention is known. We report a case of a 65 years old male who presented with acute abdomen in surgical emergency, was diagnosed to have CDI, and was successfully treated with vancomycin.

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