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Comment & Response
February 13, 2019

Interest of Eosinophil Count in Bacterial Infections to Predict Antimicrobial Therapy Efficacy—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
  • 2Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Surgery, University of Arizona, Tucson
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(5):464-465. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5596

In Reply We appreciate the interest of Davido et al in our 2018 publication1 in JAMA Surgery regarding Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), and we equally appreciate the opportunity provided by the journal to respond to their comments. It is important to note that the impetus for this study rests on in vivo translational work in a murine model of C difficile2,3 by one of our study collaborators (E.L.B.). This previous work demonstrated that microbiota induction of the cytokine IL-25 protected from death from C difficile colitis via eosinophils. The focus of our studies is the host-pathogen interaction. In particular, we are interested in host response to CDI and how that may predict the development of disease-related adverse events.

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