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Table 3 Association between patients’ symptoms and CDT status, irrespective to underlying diseases condition

From: Pancreatic disease patients are at higher risk for Clostridium difficile infection compared to those with other co-morbidities

Clinical symptoms Patients
n (%)
CDT pos
n (%)
CDT neg
n (%)
Chi-square
p-value
 
Bloody diarrhea  
 Absent 1912 (93.9) 1508 (94.5) 404 (91.8) 0.05*  
 Present 124 (6.1) 88 (5.5) 36 (8.2)  
 Total 2036 (100) 1596 (78.4%) 440 (21.6%)   
Watery diarrhea  
 Absent 768 (37.7) 613 (38.4) 155 (35.2) 0.25  
 Present 1268 (62.3) 983 (61.6) 285 (64.8)  
 Total 2036 (100) 1596 (78.4%) 440 (21.6%)   
Mucus in stool  
 Absent 1364 (67.0) 1065 (66.7) 299 (68) 0.67  
 Present 672 (33.0) 531 (33.3) 141 (32)  
 Total 2036 (100) 1596 (78.4%) 440 (21.6%)   
Abdominal pain  
 Absent 1193 (58.6) 951 (59.6) 242 (55) 0.09  
 Present 843 (41.4) 645 (40.4) 198 (45)  
 Total 2036 (100) 1596 (78.4%) 440 (21.6%)   
Fever  
 Absent 1174 (57.7) 922 (57.8) 252 (57.3) 0.90  
 Present 862 (42.3) 674 (42.2) 188 (42.7)  
 Total 2036 (100) 1596 (78.4%) 440 (21.6%)   
Frequency Median (IQR) 6 (4–8) 6 (4–8) Ranksum test 0.521
Duration Median (IQR) 3 (2–7) 3 (2–6) 0.119
  1. CDT Clostridium difficile toxins
  2. * Significant