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Unnecessary antimicrobial use increases risk of recurrent infectious diarrhea
Date:1/9/2013

necessary, particularly in patients with a history of C. difficile," said lead researcher Megan K. Shaughnessy, MD. "Patients with C. difficile are at high-risk for recurrence, especially with additional antibiotic use. Because of this heightened risk, clinicians should be exercising increased caution with antimicrobial therapy."

The researchers advise that providers contemplating antimicrobial therapy should be more aware of the risk of recurrent C. difficile with antimicrobial use, patients' previous C. difficile history, and which clinical conditions require antimicrobial therapy.


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