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Clostridium difficile: Which Test to Order and How Often?

Clostridium difficile: Which Test to Order and How Often?

Advances in environmental sanitation, immunizations, antimicrobial therapy, and medical research have greatly reduced the impact of infectious diseases (IDs) on our communities. Nonetheless, infections and the cost of treating them remain a burden to the health care system.

In primary care practice, we may spend more time making referrals for suspected ID than actually treating infected patients. Here, as a brush up, is the tenth and final in our series of 10 practical ID pearls.

Pearl #10. Which test should you order if you suspect a case of Clostridium difficile infection and how often do you check the stool for the C difficile toxin?

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