Enteric infections Journal Article

Authors: Wang, M; Johnson, S
Article Title: Enteric infections
Abstract: Cancer patients, particularly those with neutropenia, are at risk for enteric and intra-abdominal infections. Specific infections and infectious syndromes in this setting include neutropenic enterocolitis, bacterial infections such as Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), viral infections such as CMV colitis, and parasitic infections such as strongyloidiasis. Diagnosing and gauging the severity of CDI presents challenges, as chemotherapy may produce symptoms that mimic CDI and laboratory findings such as leukocytosis are not reliable in this population. Treatment for enteric infections should be pathogen specific, although broad-spectrum antibiotics are often required as initial empiric therapy in patients with neutropenia.
Journal Title: Cancer treatment and research
Volume: 161
ISSN: 0927-3042; 0927-3042
Publisher: Unknown  
Journal Place: United States
Date Published: 2014
Start Page: 237
End Page: 251
Language: eng
Notes: JID: 8008541; ppublish