Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.Fasting Required:
1 collectionSample Collection:
For 5 days prior to and during sample collection: Do not take mineral oils, non-absorbable anti-diarrheal preparations, busmuth, antacids, castor oil or liquid petrolatum. If you are taking any antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-malarial or anti-fungal medication, you must stop and wait 2 weeks before taking this test. If you have recently undergone any radiological exam involving barium sulfate you must wait at least 2 weeks before taking this test. Do not use bulk laxatives or enemas to assist bowel movements during the period in which you are collecting your samples. OTC glycerin rectal suppositories may be used.Results:
10-14 Business DaysNote: Result turn around 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.Description
Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications. C. difficile is a spore-forming bacterium that causes antibiotic-associated diarrhea and colitis.
It spreads rapidly through health-care facilities around the world. When the normal bacteria that live in the colon are disturbed, usually as a result of antibiotic treatment, and a patient ingests C. difficile spores, the bacteria can multiply and release toxins known as ‘A’ and ‘B’. Untreated, it is often fatal.