CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE (C. DIFF) STOOL TEST

Clostridium difficile (commonly called C. difficile or C. diff) is a type of bacteria whose overgrowth from antibiotic use is associated with diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.

The C. diff toxin test identifies the presence of this bacteria and the gene associated with toxin production. C. diff is present as normal flora in the digestive tract, but when broad-spectrum antibiotics are used to treat infections, typically for an extended period of time, the balance of the normal flora is disrupted and the overgrowth of clostridium difficile is allowed to occur.

The growth of C. difficile can lead to damage of the gastrointestinal lining.  The resulting symptoms can range from mild diarrhea to a more severe toxic megacolon. C. difficile is the primary cause for psuedomembraneous colitis.

$135.00

The test result will screen for the presence of C. difficile toxin.

IS A DOCTOR’S ORDER REQUIRED?

No, you do not need to provide a doctor’s order to get lab testing done at Sethi labs.

WHEN WILL I GET MY TEST RESULTS?

Test results are generally available within five (5) business days after your specimen is collected.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Walk-in appointments are available.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY TESTS RESULTS WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

We recommend you share your results with your physician.

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