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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182948518
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Clostridium difficile Infection in the Hospitalized Pediatric Population: Increasing Trend in Disease Incidence

Deshpande, Abhishek MD, PhD*; Pant, Chaitanya MD; Anderson, Michael P. PhD; Donskey, Curtis J. MD*‡; Sferra, Thomas J. MD§

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Abstract

To determine whether the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection continues to increase in hospitalized pediatric patients, we evaluated data from a United States national inpatient database. For the period of 2003 to 2009, we found an increasing trend in the incidence of C. difficile infection. These data suggest greater effort be given to prevent and treat this infection in children.

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