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Community-associated Clostridium difficile infection among veterans with spinal cord injury and disorder.
Balbale SN, Johnson S, Burns SP, Kralovic SM, Goldstein B, Gerding DN, Evans CT. Community-associated Clostridium difficile infection among veterans with spinal cord injury and disorder. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2014 May 1; 35(5):577-80.
The impact of community-associated Clostridium difficile infection (CA-CDI) on patients with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/Ds) is not fully understood. We examined CA-CDI cases among veterans with SCI/D, comparing them with community-onset, healthcare facility-associated (CO-HCFA) cases. Generally, patients with CA-CDI had less comorbidity, less severe CDI, and lower likelihood of antibiotic exposure.