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Clostridium Difficile PCR

Clostridium Difficile PCR

Clostridium difficile, also known as C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. It's associated with prolonged use of antibiotics during hospital stays, but infections can also occur in community settings. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for C. difficile is a type of diagnostic test that can detect the presence of the bacterium in your stool.

  • Test NameClostridium Difficile PCR
  • Sample TypeStool
  • Preparations RequiredThere are no specific instructions about fasting or diet. However, do not collect stool sample from toilet bowl water. Collect it in a clean, dry container.
  • Report Time8 days

What is the Clostridium Difficile PCR test?

The Clostridium Difficile PCR test is a diagnostic tool used to detect the presence of the C. difficile bacterium in a stool sample. This test uses a method called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to identify the DNA of the bacteria.

Why is a Clostridium Difficile PCR test done?

A Clostridium Difficile PCR test is done if a person has diarrhea or other symptoms that suggest a C. difficile infection, especially if they have been taking antibiotics or have been in a healthcare setting for a prolonged period.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The test requires a stool sample. Once the sample is collected, it will be sent to the laboratory where a PCR will be done to detect the DNA of the C. difficile bacterium.

A positive test indicates that C. difficile is present and may be the cause of your symptoms. A negative result means that the test did not detect the bacterium and your symptoms are likely due to another cause.

No specific preparation is required for this test. You will need to provide a stool sample for the test, and your doctor or nurse will give you detailed instructions on how to collect it.

Your doctor will decide when and how often you need to be tested based on your symptoms and medical history. If you are receiving treatment for a C. difficile infection, your doctor may order the test again to determine if the treatment is working.

The test itself carries no risks. However, it is important to collect the stool sample correctly to avoid any contamination that could affect the results

You should consult your primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist if your test results are abnormal. They can help manage your symptoms and suggest appropriate treatment options.

An abnormal result may indicate that you have a C. difficile infection. Your doctor will discuss the results with you and suggest a treatment plan.

Certain medications, particularly antibiotics, can affect the test results. It is important to inform your doctor about all medications you are taking.

No, fasting is not required for the Clostridium Difficile PCR test.

In a healthy person without a C. difficile infection, the test should be negative. A positive result may indicate an infection.

You should follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider carefully. It's important not to contaminate the stool sample with urine or toilet paper as it could affect the test results.

Symptoms of a C. difficile infection may include watery diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping, fever, blood or pus in the stool, nausea, and dehydration.

The treatment for a C. difficile infection usually involves antibiotics to kill the bacteria, probiotics to help restore good bacteria in your gut, and in severe cases, surgery may be required.

Good hygiene practices can help prevent a C. difficile infection. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom and before eating.

Yes, C. difficile infections can be serious. In severe cases, they can cause life-threatening inflammation of the colon.

No, this test requires a laboratory setting to perform the PCR and analyze the results.

Yes, you can continue to take your regular medications, unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

It typically takes 1-3 days to get the test results.

The Clostridium Difficile PCR is an effective tool in detecting the presence of C. difficile in your stool. It helps in diagnosing the infection quickly so that appropriate treatment can be initiated promptly. Always consult with your doctor for any concerns regarding your symptoms or condition.

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