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Epic Test Name CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE PCR
Components
Synonyms C. diff PCR
Antibiotic associated diarrhea; Antibiotic associated pseudomembraneous colitis; C. difficile toxin; C. difficile, stool; Clostridium difficile, feces.
Description Recommended rapid, stand-alone diagnostic test for C. difficile-associated diarrhea.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile Container
Specimen Type Unformed Stool
Preferred Collection Volume 1 gram
Minimum Collection Volume 1 gram
Collection Instructions Collect unformed stool into a sterile container.
1 stool every 7 days.
Specimen Handling Store specimen at 2-8 degrees. Stability (collection to initiation of testing): room temperature: 24 hrs; refrigerated: 5 days; frozen: unacceptable.
Rejection Criteria Formed stool. More than 1 every 7 days.
Methodology Qualitative PCR
Reference Range Negative
CPT Code(s) 87493
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Ph: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimeFinal : 3 hours.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
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Notes
Updated/Reviewed 02/22/2018


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