Toxigenic C. Difficile DNA; Stool-Doctor's Data Kit

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.

Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Results: 7-10 Business Days
Note: Result turnaround 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.

Special Instructions: If you are taking antifungal or antibiotic medications, please finish the course of medication, and then wait three days before starting this collection. Please refrain from taking digestive enzymes, antacids, and aspirin for two days prior to and during the specimen collection, unless
otherwise instructed by your physician. Never discontinue prescription medications without first consulting your physician.

Description: For this assessment, a stool specimen or an isolated sample of C. difficile is tested for all known toxigenic strains using an FDA-cleared, molecular diagnostic DNA assay. This test is available as a stand-alone, or included automatically at no additional charge any time C. difficile is cultured at any level in our other Clostridium cultures.

Clostridia generally are resistant to antibiotics and treatment of an overgrowth of C. difficile, especially in asymptomatic carriers and infants under age two, is usually not warranted. Additionally, since plasmids have a potential role in transferring various capacities, including antibiotic resistance, from one organism to another, the use of antibiotics in the treatment of clostridia overgrowth should be considered carefully.