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Test Code CDTP C. difficile Assay by PCR

Specimen Type

Stool (liquid or soft)

Container

Sterile, tight-sealing plastic or glass container with NO preservative

Offsite Collection Instructions

See UCMC Collection Instructions

UCMC Collection Instructions

Specimen Collection: If collected in bedpan, must not be contaminated with urine, residual soap, or disinfectant. Formed stools are not accepted. Specimens are patients <12 months old are not accepted. Microbiology lab will only accept 1 sample per week.
Specimen Transport< 2 hr, ambient, up to 5 days refrigerated (2-8 C)


See Microbiology Specimen Collection:

  • See category “Stool”, Table 1 BACTERIOLOGY, CHLAMYDIA, MYCOBACTERIOLOGY (AFB), MYCOLOGY, VIROLOGY

Availability

Monday through Sunday

Turnaround Time

Within 24 hours

STAT Availability

Not Available

Test Methodology

Polyermase Chain Reaction

Additional Information

  • Formed stool and swabs are not acceptable.
  • Specimens from patients less than 2 years old are not acceptable.
  • Only 1 sample accepted per week.

CPT Code

87493

Reference Range

Negative

Minimum Volume

1 gm

Fee Code

30687493