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More younger patients with Clostridium difficile infection being hospitalized

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Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in the proportion of young (<50 years old) hospitalized patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), according to a study.

“Our findings might represent new epidemiological trends related to non-traditional risk factors,” wrote the study authors.

From 2007 to 2017, there were 1,158,047 patients hospitalized with CDI, with patients ≥50 years old accounting for 84.04% of these hospitalizations and patients <50 years old accounting for 15.95%.

In 2017, 18.1% of hospitalized patient with CDI were <50 years old compared with 12.6% in 2007 (P < 0.001).

Yang TJ, Patel AA, Singh J, et al. Increasing Trends of Clostridium difficile Infection in Hospitalized Young Patients: A Study of the National Inpatient Sample From 2007 to 2017. Cureus. 2022 Sep 23;14(9):e29497. doi: 10.7759/cureus.29497. PMID: 36299947; PMCID: PMC9588299.