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Volume 15, Number 3—March 2009

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Clinical Risk Factors for Severe Clostridium difficile–associated Disease

Timothy J. HenrichComments to Author , Douglas Krakower, Asaf Bitton, and Deborah S. Yokoe
Author affiliations: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (T.J. Henrich, D. Krakower, A. Bitton, D.S. Yokoe); Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (D. Krakower); Harvard Medical School, Boston (Deborah S. Yokoe)

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Table 1

All-cause deaths of inpatients with laboratory-confirmed CDAD, June 2005–May 2006*

Age group, y Total no. patients No. deaths % Case-fatality†
18–50 60 1 1.7
51–60 70 7 10.0
61–70 76 6 7.6
71–80 83 12 14.5
81–90 40 7 17.5
>90
7
1
14.3
Total 336 34 10.1

*CDAD, Clostridium difficile–associated disease.
†Percentage of deaths within age group.

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