We perform 3 different tests (dependent on the presentation) for:
We will provide an interpretation dependent the combination of these results. If both GDH and toxin are detected by ELISA; we consider this likely to represent toxigenic C. difficile infection and will report this to the Department of Health under the mandatory reporting scheme.
Screening for / diagnosis of infection with toxigenic Clostridiodes difficile (previously known as Clostridium difficile.)
Please state in clinicals any recent antibiotic use.
Please ensure that stool sample pots are filled between 1/3 to 1/2 full. This is sufficient sample volume for all stool tests. Under-filling or over-filling stool sample pots may lead to samples being unsuitable for analysis.
N.B. Formed stools will NOT be tested for C. diffiicile
Testing will NOT be performed on patients under 2 years old.
Testing will ONLY be performed on patients from the community if:
Tested locally at RD&E
Within 30 hours (7 days a week)
Clostridioides difficile and C. difficile Toxin Testing – Lab Tests Online
Clostridium difficile (C. diff) – NHS
Clostridioides difficile: guidance, data and analysis – UKHSA
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