Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile Cause Distinct Pseudomembranous Intestinal Diseases

Froberg, M. Kent; Palavecino, Elizabeth; Dykoski, Richard; Gerding, Dale N.; Peterson, Lance R.; Johnson, Stuart
September 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;9/1/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p747
Academic Journal
We report simultaneous infections with Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a patient with discrete colonic pseudomembranes typical of C. difficile infection, as well as confluent, loosely adherent pseudomembranes in the small bowel. Identification of MRSA in the small bowel pseudomembrane by polymerase chain reaction supports S. aureus as an enteric pathogen.


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