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CDIFF
CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE TOXIN GENE

Test Code CDIFF 
Test CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE TOXIN GENE 
Methodology DNA Amplification 
Description This test detects the presence of toxigenic Clostridium difficile in diarrheal stool specimens. 
Specimen Send 5 - 10 grams of raw stool or stool perserved in Para-PakŪ C&S (Cary-Blair) transport medium. Liquid (non formed) stool only. Formed stool specimens are not acceptable for testing unless patient symptoms indicate ileus. Contact Microbiology (396-7895) to determine if testing is appropriate.
Only send one specimen per 7 days. Additional specimens within 7 days will be rejected. Send specimen refrigerated in a screw-capped, plastic container. 
Reference Values Negative 
Analytic Time 1 Day 
Day(s) Test Set Up Monday through Sunday 
CPT Code(s) 87493