Clostridium difficile toxin by PCR (View in report form.)
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|POE DESCRIPTION: |
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|TEST INFORMATION: |
Test replaces Clostridium difficile Toxin EIA
|DAYS PERFORMED: |
|TURNAROUND TIME: |
Less than 10 hours
|SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: |
Test not performed on formed stools. Test not performed on patients less than 2 years of age. Only one specimen will be tested within a seven day period.
|CONTAINER TYPE: |
Screw top clean container or white screw top vial included in stool ParaPak collection kit.
The specimen should be collected directly into the clean container (no preservative) or into a bedpan, avoiding contamination with urine or water. Transfer the feces from the bedpan into a clean screw top container.
|SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: |
Fresh unformed stool
|REJECTION CRITERIA: |
Inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume, specimen contaminated with urine and/or water, rectal swab, preserved specimen, specimen submitted within the past week, formed stool specimen, child less than two years old, unlabeled or inappropriatedly labeled specimen.
|MINIMUM VOLUME: |
5 ml or 1 gram
|HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: |
Send to the laboratory as soon as possible. Keep at room temperature.
|REFERENCE RANGE: |
No Clostridium difficile toxin detected.
|LIMITATIONS OF TEST: |
Inhibition of the Assay has been observed in the presence of zinc oxide paste and Vagisil cream.
Real Time PCR
|ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: |
Contact precautions is required for all patients with diarrhea due to Clostridium difficile for the duration of their illness.
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|TEST SYNONYM(S):||Clostridium difficile Assay; Clostridium difficile Toxin Test|
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