How should stool testing for Clostridium difficile (C diff) infection (CDI) be performed?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Faten N Aberra, MD, MSCE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In symptomatic patients, stool testing for C difficile should be performed only on diarrheal samples, [5, 43] and perirectal swabs are not accepted for testing, unless there is suspicion for ileus due to this organism. Stool testing is not recommended for asymptomatic patients, as the results are not clinically useful; if such testing is used for epidemiologic purposes, stool culture is required. [5, 43]


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