Elizabeth Chenoweth

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OBJECTIVES To determine the role of impaired functional status as a risk factor for severe Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in older adults. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING University of Michigan Health System, a 930-bed tertiary care hospital. PARTICIPANTS Hospitalized individuals with CDI aged 50 and older. MEASUREMENTS Demographic(More)
OBJECTIVE Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a major cause of morbidity and biomarkers that predict severity of illness are needed. Procalcitonin (PCT), a serum biomarker with specificity for bacterial infections, has been little studied in CDI. We hypothesized that PCT associated with CDI severity. DESIGN Serum PCT levels were measured for 69 cases(More)
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a significant source of healthcare-associated morbidity and mortality. This study investigated whether serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is associated with adverse outcomes from CDI. Patients with CDI were prospectively enrolled. Charts were reviewed and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D was measured. The primary outcome was a(More)
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