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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with severe diarrhea tested with PCR for CD.

From: Clostridium difficile 027 infection in Central Italy

  #/total patients (%)
Characteristic CD 027
Gender
- Female 8/10 (80%)
Comorbidities
- Diabetes 3/10 (30%)
- Cardiovascular system disease 7/10 (70%)
- Respiratory system disease 2/10 (20%)
- HIV infection 0/10 (0%)
Inflammatory bowel disease 1/10 (10%)
Immunosuppressive treatment 3/10 (30%)
Acid-suppressant drugs 5/10 (50%)
Antibiotics in the prior 3 months 9/10 (90%)
Occult faecal blood 5/6 (83%)
Leukocytosis (≥ 11.000 WBCs) 5/9 (56%)
Hypoalbuminemia 5/6 (83%)
Hypogammaglobulinemia 4/5 (80%)
Previous LTCF stay 4/10 (40%)
Healthcare-associated CDAD 9/10 (90%)
Severe or complicated CDAD 6/10 (60%)
Recurrence of CDAD 5/10 (50%)
  1. The total of patients was referred to those whose data were available.
  2. CDAD: Clostridium difficile-associated disease; LTCF: long term care facility; WBCs: white blood cells.