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Volume 19, Number 11—November 2013


Possible Association between Obesity and Clostridium difficile Infection

Jason Leung, Bob Burke, Dale Ford, Gail Garvin, Cathy Korn, Carol Sulis, and Nahid BhadeliaComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (Leung, J.); Boston Medical Center, Boston (B. Burke, D. Ford, G. Garvin, C. Korn, C. Sulis, N. Bhadelia)

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Table 2

Binary logistic regression analyses of characteristics associated with cases of Clostridium difficile infections associated with community onset, community onset–health care-associated, and health care onset

CharacteristicsCommunity onset vs community onset–health care associated*Community onset vs health care onset*Community onset–health care associated vs health care onset*
Fully adjusted odds ratio (95% CI)
0.35† (0.13–0.92)
0.98 (0.40–2.38)
3.20 (0.91–11.25)
Obesity (BMI>30)
4.06† (1.15–14.36)
1.42 (0.59–3.55)
0.32 (0.07–1.42)
Irritable bowel disease
5.34 (0.61–46.37)
6.40‡ (0.73–56.17)
0.63 (0.03–13.43)
Prior antibiotics
1.91 (0.72–5.11)
0.29† (0.11–0.76)
0.08† (0.02–0.28)
Antiulcer medication0.62 (0.24–1.63)0.79 (0.37–1.90)1.65 (0.52–5.23)

*Reference category.

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