Polymicrobial septicemia withClostridium difficile in acute diverticulitis

  • M. Gérard
  • N. Defresne
  • P. Van der Auwera
  • F. Meunier
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DOI: 10.1007/BF01963455

Cite this article as:
Gérard, M., Defresne, N., Van der Auwera, P. et al. Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. (1989) 8: 300. doi:10.1007/BF01963455

Abstract

A case is reported of a patient without previous gastrointestinal symptoms, who presented with polymicrobial septicemia caused byEscherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Clostridium difficile andBacteroides vulgatus. Septicemia occurred during acute diverticulitis. A strain ofClostridium difficile, which was of the same serogroup C as the blood culture isolate and also produced toxin, was recovered from the stools, but the pathogenic role of this organism in the gastrointestinal symptomatology was not clearly established. Other reported cases ofClostridium difficile septicemia are also reviewed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gérard
    • 1
  • N. Defresne
    • 1
  • P. Van der Auwera
    • 1
  • F. Meunier
    • 1
  1. 1.Service de Médecine Interne et Laboratoire d'Investigation Clinique H. Tagnon, Institut Jules BordetCentre des Tumeurs de l'Université Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Fund for Medical Scientific ResearchBrusselsBelgium

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