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C. difficile Colitis Treatment Failures Rising with Metronidazole

KEY POINT

Recent studies point to poorer outcomes and increased relapses when metronidazole has been used to treat Clostridium difficile colitis infections.

SOURCES

Musher DM et al. Relatively poor outcome after treatment of Clostridium difficile colitis with metronidazole. Clin Infect Dis. 2005;40:1586–90.

Pépin J et al. Increasing risk of relapse after treatment of Clostridium difficile colitis in Quebec, Canada. Clin Infect Dis. 2005;40:1591–7.

Gerding DN. Metronidazole for Clostridium difficile—associated disease: is it OK for mom [editorial]? Clin Infect Dis. 2005;40:1598–600.

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