[Clinical case of the month: clostridium difficile colitis]

Rev Med Liege. 2006 Nov;61(11):750-2.
[Article in French]


A 55-year-old patient with mant e cels underwent a cytotoxic chemotherapy (D.H.A.P. + Rituximab). During the medullar aplasia related to the third cycle, diarrhoea due to Clostridium difficile arised and relapsed 15 days later despite normal blood counts. This colitis was very severe with pluribacterial peritonitis, but resolved with intensive medical treatment. The incidence, the patient's risk factors, the iatrogenic and nosocomial characters of cl. difficile colitis are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Clostridioides difficile / isolation & purification*
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / diagnosis*
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peritonitis / drug therapy
  • Peritonitis / microbiology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents