Leukemoid reaction to Clostridium difficile infection

Ashutossh Naaraayan, Melissa Aleta, Prasanta Basak, Stephen Jesmajian, Robert Goldstein

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Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) are increasing in incidence and severity. Leukemoid reaction is rarely seen with CDI, and indicates severe disease with grave prognosis. We present an elderly female who developed leukemoid reaction in response to CDI. The patient died despite early antibiotic therapy with surgical evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-160
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015



  • Clostridium difficile
  • Leukemoid reaction
  • Toxic megacolon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Naaraayan, A., Aleta, M., Basak, P., Jesmajian, S., & Goldstein, R. (2015). Leukemoid reaction to Clostridium difficile infection. Anaerobe, 34, 158-160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anaerobe.2015.05.005