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  • Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) by PCR

    Test Name:Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) by PCR
    Epic Order Code:LAB5556  
    CPT Code:87493  
    Specimen(s) Type:Stool  
    Acceptable Container(s):
    Testing Schedule:Test performed daily
    Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
     Routine: 2 hours  
    Collection Information:See specific specimen type in Serology/Virology Collection Information by Source. Only liquid or soft (formed to the shape of the container) samples will be accepted.
    Transport Information:Deliver to laboratory immediately. All samples must be signed into the laboratory.
    Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab immediately, store and transport the specimen at 2-8° C. Specimen must be received in lab within 5 days.
    Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport, formed stool, a mixture of stool and urine, rectal swabs, colonoscope fluid, and specimens from children under the age of two.
    Reference Range:Negative for C. Difficile
    Additional Information:Due to PCR high sensitivity and specificity there is no need for testing of multiple specimens. Only one specimen per seven day period will be accepted.