Pediatric group issues guidelines on C. difficile infection

01/2/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines urging providers to look for other possible causes whenever infants test positive for Clostridium difficile since they normally have high colonization rates with the bacteria. Infants should only be tested for C. difficile when there's an outbreak or when the patient has Hirschsprung disease or other severe motility disorders, the group said. "For children older than 3 years, testing can be performed in the same manner as for older children and adults," AAP said.

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