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Isolation of Clostridium difficile from human jejunum: identification of a reservoir for disease?
  1. G P Testore,
  2. F Nardi,
  3. S Babudieri,
  4. M Giuliano,
  5. R Di Rosa,
  6. G Panichi

    Abstract

    The possibility that the small intestine may represent a reservoir for Clostridium difficile was studied, using segments of human jejunum collected at necropsy. Our results (three of 100 specimens positive for C difficile culture) support the hypothesis that C difficile can be found in human jejunum and that it adheres to the normal mucosa as a resident bacterium. These findings suggest that gastrointestinal disease caused by C difficile has an endogenous origin.

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