Item Value
Test name Clostridium difficile
Available Stat? No
Turn around times Same or next day
In House Availability Daily, all shifts
Performed by Microbiology
Normal range Negative for C. difficile
Container type Urine cup
Amount to Collect 2 ml stool
Collection Instructions Potentially interfering substances include Vagisil cream and zinc oxide paste.

If C. difficile is clinically suspected in a patient with ileus, a rectal swab may be submitted. The swab should be visibly soiled with stool and submitted in a clean container.
Sample type Unformed stool

If C. difficile is clinically suspected in a patient with ileus, a rectal swab may be submitted. The swab should be visibly soiled with stool and submitted in a clean container.

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667