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Clostridium difficile (Test Code 2017)

Collection Method

Stool

Turn Around Time

3-5 Business Days

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Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a stool test used to identify this toxin, which usually occurs after long term antibiotic therapy. Clostridium difficile develops when the organism is allowed to thrive in the colon, most commonly after antibiotic use has eliminated competing flora.

The most common antibiotics that pose a potential risk for C. difficile include clindamycin, fluoroquinolones, ciprofloxacin, cephalosporins and penicillins.

Common Conditions:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Blood or mucous in stool
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Headaches

Test Method

ELISA

PCR

Analytes

Clostridium difficile Toxin A & Toxin B

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