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Pleural infection with Clostridium difficile is extremely rare. A case of nosocomial empyema following chest drain insertion in a 46 year old man is described. The potential of C difficile to cause extra-intestinal infections should be recognised and its isolation from other sites should not be ignored.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/jcp.49.2.172

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of clinical pathology

Publication Date

02/1996

Volume

49

Pages

172 - 173

Addresses

Department of Medical Microbiology, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London.

Keywords

Humans, Clostridium difficile, Clostridium Infections, Cross Infection, Empyema, Pleural, Drainage, Middle Aged, Male