This test is used to aid in the diagnosis of Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) infection. C. Diff is a type of bacteria found in the digestive tract. Antibiotic medication sometimes weakens other forms of normal bacteria and allows C. Diff to flourish. The risk of infection increases with age as well as for those who have recently underwent chemotherapy, had gastrointestinal surgery, suffer from chronic colon conditions or have weakened immune systems. C. Diff typically produces two toxins, A and B. The production of these toxins along with the growth of C. Diff bacteria can lead to damage to the lining of the digestive tract. This damage can result in inflammation of the colon which often causes prolonged diarrhea.
Testing for C. Diff is often done when a person is experiencing severe or prolonged diarrhea, especially if they have recently been taking antibiotics.
Testing on multiple specimens may be necessary for most accurate detection of toxins.
This test typically sees results in 1-2 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
People ordering the Clostridium Difficile Toxin test should go to the lab to obtain a proper specimen container prior to collection and to review collection technique to avoid specimen rejection. Specimens should be delivered to the lab no later than 24 hours after collection.
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