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September 1981

Clostridium difficile Associated With Pseudomembranous Colitis: Occurrence in a 12-Week-Old Infant Without Prior Antibiotic Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(9):820-822. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130330032010

β In a previously healthy 12-week-old male infant with a two-week history of poor feeding, colic, and bloody stools, pseudomembranous colitis developed. No prior antibiotics were administered although the child had received dicyclomine hydrochloride. Clostridium difficile and its toxin were detected in the child's stool. Severe disseminated intravascular coagulopathy developed; the patient required total colectomy but eventually recovered. Clostridium difficile colonization has not, to our knowledge, been previously documented in infantile pseudomembranous colitis.

(Arch J Dis Child 1981;135:820-822)