Role of Clostridium difficile in a case of nonantibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis

Steven R. Peikin, James Galdibini, John G. Bartlett

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Abstract

A 57-yr-old woman with chronic diarrhea, mild azotemia, and red cell casts in her urine was found to have pseudomembranous colitis. She had not received antimicrobial agents for at least 2 yr. Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis was found on kidney biopsy, and her renal function improved spontaneously. Pseudomembranous colitis was diagnosed by endoscopic biopsy. Her stool contained a cytopathic toxin that was neutralized by Clostridium sordellii antitoxin, and Clostridium difficile was cultured on selective media. This case indicates that C. difficile may be a cause of nonantibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis, as well as antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-951
Number of pages4
JournalGastroenterology
Volume79
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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