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Comparison of enterotoxin production, cytotoxin production, serogrouping, and antimicrobial susceptibilities of Clostridium difficile strains isolated from AIDS and human immunodeficiency virus-negative patients.

By F Barbut, C Depitre, M Delmée, G Corthier and J C Petit


We analyzed and compared Clostridium difficile strains isolated from diarrheic stools of 49 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative and 50 AIDS patients. Our results suggest that distribution patterns of serogroups are different in these two populations. Serogroup C (which has been previously reported to be very resistant to antimicrobial agents) represents 66.0 and 18.4% of the isolates from AIDS and HIV-negative patients, respectively (P < 0.001); the selection of serogroup C could be explained by multiple antibiotic pressure to which AIDS patients have been subjected

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1993
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