What is the prevalence of Clostridium difficile (C diff) infection (CDI) in the US?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Faten N Aberra, MD, MSCE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In the United States, C difficile infection (CDI) occurs primarily in hospitalized patients, causing as many as 3 million cases of diarrhea and colitis per year. Cancer patients are significantly affected by CDI healthcare-associated diarrhea. [28] Diarrhea caused by C difficile is also linked to 14,000 American deaths annually. [29]


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