What are the recommendations for stool testing in Clostridium difficile (C diff) infection (CDI)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Faten N Aberra, MD, MSCE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommend testing for C difficile and its toxins in symptomatic patients only on diarrheal stool, unless there is suspicion of ileus due to C difficile. [5, 43] When individuals are asymptomatic, stool testing is not recommended unless for epidemiologic studies, in which case stool cultures are the most sensitive studies. [5, 43]


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