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Nosocomial empyema caused by Clostridium difficile.
  1. A J Simpson,
  2. S S Das,
  3. S Tabaqchali
  1. Department of Medical Microbiology, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London.


    Pleural infection with Clostridium difficile is extremely rare. A case of nosocomial empyema following chest drain insertion in a 46 year old man is described. The potential of C difficile to cause extra-intestinal infections should be recognised and its isolation from other sites should not be ignored.

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