The Clostridium Difficile Toxin test is used to aid in the diagnosis of antibiotic-associated diarrheal disease and pseudomembranous colitis. This test looks for 2 toxins (designated A and B) that are produced by the C Difficile bacteria. C Difficile infections most commonly occur after the use of antibiotic medications and may be indicated by symptoms ranging from diarrhea to sever inflammation of the colon.
Testing on multiple specimens may be necessary for most accurate detection of toxins.
This test typically sees results in 1-2 business days.
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.