Gastroenterology

All C. difficile tests not created equal, especially among patients with IBD

ORLANDO — Identifying Clostridioides difficile infection among patients with inflammatory bowel disease can be a particularly tricky task, according to Jessica Allegretti, MD, MPH, of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Crohn’s and Colitis Center. Since both are diarrhea-predominant, there is a lot of symptoms overlap.
“Distinguishing between C. diff and IBD is very challenging,” Allegretti told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease in an interview. “So how do you do that appropriately?
“I cannot stress this enough. Not all C. difficile tests are

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