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Test ID NBLD0539 C. DIFFICILE ANTIGEN AND TOXIN DETECTION, REFLEX TO PCR

AKA

C. difficile,

C diff

Specimen Type/Requirements

A minimum of 1 mL of fresh liquid or loose stool transferred to a clean dry container. Testing is performed only on diarrheal stool. Formed stool specimens will be rejected.

Transport Temperature

Specimens must be kept at 2-25° C after collection and during transport. Specimens are stable for 24 hours when stored in this manner.

Performed Test Frequency

Routine testing is performed once daily Monday through Sunday. STAT testing for inpatients or those in the emergency department will be performed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Methodology

Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)/PCR

CPT

87324 and 87449 (EIA), 87493 (PCR) if required.

Storage On Site

Store specimen at 2-8° C

Performing Lab

Sanford Fargo