C. difficile Toxin B, QL Real Time PCRMain Content
Test code: 16377
CPT code(s): 87493
Methodology: Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Clinical Significance: C. difficile is the major cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and pseudomembranous colitis.
Alternative Names: C. difficile Toxin B Gene; C. diff PCR
Supply: F04 - Stool Container with Red Lid
Preferred specimen(s): Soft or Liquid Stool
Preferred volume: 5mL
Transport container: Sterile Leak-Proof Container
Transport temperature: Refrigerated
Specimen stability: Refrigerated - 5 days
Collection Instructions: Using a dry, clean container, liquid or soft stool specimens are collecting according to the following procedure:
1. Transfer liquid or soft stool (but not urine) into the container. Avoid mixing toilet paper, water, or soap with sample.
2. Label the container.
3. Store sample refrigerated until shipment.
Reject criteria: Specimen other than liquid or semi-formed stool; Stool in preservative or mixed with urine; Specimen in wrong transport container
For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.
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