Rates of Clostridium Difficile Twice as High in People with Celiac Disease

Clostridium Difficile (C. Difficile/CDI) is a bacterial infection with symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon (learn more from Mayo Clinic)

According to a report published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology (published on-line 31 October 2017), researchers conducted a population-based study finding that people with Celiac Disease are at an increased risk of developing C. difficile. C. difficile infection is commonly associated with stays at hospitals and taking antibiotics, but some can develop the condition without having visited a hospital or any antibiotic use.

Conclusion of study:

“In a large population-based cohort study, patients with celiac disease had significantly higher incidence of CDI than controls. This finding is consistent with prior findings of higher rates of other infections in patients with celiac disease, and suggests the possibility of altered gut immunity and/or microbial composition in patients with celiac disease.”


Read ABSTRACT/Nature.com


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