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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 170-171
Case Report

Empyema Caused by Clostridium difficile

Darren A Hudson, A Patrick Gibb, and M John Gill

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Received 15 January 1998; Accepted 11 August 1998

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Extraintestinal infections of Clostridium difficile are rare and often associated with underlying disorders. A case of empyema caused by aspiration of C difficile in a patient with carcinoid syndrome and C difficile colitis is described.