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Sakolwan Suchartlikitwong, MD

Poster 1805 Statins Reduce the Risk of Clostridium difficile Diarrhea: A Meta-Analysis

Author Insight from Sakolwan Suchartlikitwong, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

What’s new here and important for clinicians?

Clostridium difficile is one of the most ubiquitous pathogens in infectious nosocomial diarrhea in the United States. The reported case-fatality rates of Clostridium difficile infection are 6% to 30% and have been rising recently. The recent observational studies suggest an effect of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl (HMG)-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) on the risk of Clostridium difficile infection. We performed a meta-analysis to determine the risk and clinical outcomes of Clostridium difficile infection in patients who receive statin therapy and in patients not on statin therapy. Compared with patients who did not receive statins, statins reduced the risk of Clostridium difficile infection (OR 0.66, 95% CI 0.44 to 0.99). However, among patients who developed Clostridium difficile infection, the use of statins did not significantly reduce recurrent risk of infection or 30-day mortality. Our study demonstrates a significant association between statins use and reduced risk of Clostridium difficile infection, but not the clinical outcomes. These findings might impact the clinical management and primary prevention of Clostridium difficile infection.

What do patients need to know?

The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl (HMG)-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) are a common, widely prescribed medication in cardiovascular diseases and hyperlipidemia. Statins are found to have a protective effect against Clostridium difficile infection, which is the most common infectious diarrhea in the hospital.

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Sakolwan Suchartlikitwong, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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