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Leukemia patients at greater risk for C. difficile

May 5, 2015

Leukemia patients have a 2.6-fold higher risk for acquiring Clostridium difficile while in the hospital compared with the general population, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

“Leukemia itself was found to be independently associated with [C. difficile], which predicts a higher health care burden and higher costs,” Ruihong Luo, MD, PhD, of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “By independently increasing the risk of mortality in hospitalized leukemia patients, [C. difficile]serves as a negative prognostic factor on oncology wards.”

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