What is the prevalence of Clostridium difficile (C diff) colitis in hospitalized patients?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Faten N Aberra, MD, MSCE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Approximately 20% of individuals who are hospitalized become colonized with C difficile during hospitalization, and more than 30% of these patients develop diarrhea. Thus, C difficile colitis is currently one of the most common nosocomial infections. (See Pathophysiology and Etiology.)


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