European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID): Update of the treatment guidance document for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)

Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 10/23/2013

In 2009 the first European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (ESCMID) treatment guidance document for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) was published. The guideline has been applied widely in clinical practice. In this document an up–date and review on the comparative effectiveness of the currently available treatment modalities of CDI is given, thereby providing evidence–based recommendations on this issue. The main antibiotics that are recommended are: metronidazole, vancomycin and fidaxomicin. Faecal transplantation is strongly recommended for multiple recurrent CDI. In case of perforation of the colon and/or systemic inflammation and deteriorating clinical condition despite antibiotic therapy, total abdominal colectomy or diverting loop ileostomy combined with colonic lavage is recommended.

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