Clinical Observation
January 01, 2006

Ileal Perforation Secondary to Clostridium difficile EnteritisReport of 2 Cases

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Arch Surg. 2006;141(1):97-99. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.1.97

Two cases of small-bowel perforation secondary to Clostridium difficile enteritis are described and compared with the 8 cases of C difficile enteritis reported in the medical literature. The cause of small-bowel involvement with C difficile is unknown, but prior antibiotic use, prior colectomy, chronic alterations in small-bowel flora, and other host factors are discussed.