Arch Dis Child 63:979-981 doi:10.1136/adc.63.8.979
  • Research Article

Clostridium difficile in an oncology unit.

  1. A L Brunetto,
  2. A D Pearson,
  3. A W Craft,
  4. S J Pedler
  1. Department of Child Health, Medical School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


      In one year 21 new cases of Clostridium difficile infection occurred on a paediatric oncology unit. Eleven cases were in a two month period. This infection should be regarded as a communicable disease. Investigations to detect C difficile should be carried out in children with malignant disease who have diarrhoea.