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Test Code CDIFBD C. DIFFICILE, PCR

Important Note

Sample should arrive at the lab within 24-hours.

Not appropriate for children less than 1-years old as they are frequently colonized with C. difficile.

Due to sensitivity of the assay, only one sample will be run in 7 days.

Potentially interfering substances include calcium carbonate (Tums) as well as magnesium and aluminum hydroxide (Maalox liquid). Mesalamine Rectal Susspension Enema and Gynol II Vaginal Contraceptive have both shown to be slightly inhibitory.

The following substances have no reportable interference with the assay: Nystatin, Hyderm Hydrocortisone, Glycerin Suppositories, Ihle's Paste, Anusol Plus, Preparation H with Bio-Dyne, Major Prep with Phenylephrine, Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, Imodium AD, Pepto Bismol, Ex-Lax, Metronidazole, Vancomycin, Polysporin, Neproxen, Tucks Personal Cleansing Pads, Triglyceride Mix, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Blood, Mucus.

Additional Codes

Primary ID

Epic Code

Mayo Access ID

CDIFBD LAB3021 FAH5905

 

Specimen Information

Container

Specimen

Temperature

Collect Vol

Submit Vol

Minimum Vol

Stability

Sterile Container

Soft or liquid feces

Refrigerate

1 gram

1 gram

1 gram

5 days

Collect soft or liquid stool (sample must take the shape of the container) in a sterile container; formed stools are not acceptable. Specimens should be submitted in a sterile container without preservatives. The sample must be refrigerated until it is delivered to the laboratory. Sample should arrive at the lab within 24-hours. Not appropriate for children less than 1-year old.

Test Schedule / Analytical Time / Test Priority

8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 8 pm / 3 Hours / Not available STAT

Method

Nucleic Acid Amplification

CPT(s)

Description CPT Code
C. Difficile Molecular Detection                              87493

 

Instrumentation

BD Max

Reference Range

Negative for C. difficile toxin by PCR

Section

Microbiology-1

Performing Location

University of Vermont Medical Center

Is the UVMMC lab NY State Certified to perform this testing?  Yes/No

No

Order Code LOINC

Order Code Reporting Name LOINC Code
CDIFBD C. difficile, PCR 74822-8

 

Result Code LOINC(s)

Result Code Reporting Name LOINC Code
SDESCD Specimen Description in process
RESCD Result in process