68025:CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE ANTIGENS, REFLEX TOXIN IF POSITIVE

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68025:CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE ANTIGENS, REFLEX TOXIN IF POSITIVE
Alias Names: C. Diff / C Diff / C difficile
Methodology: Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
Edit Date: 3/16/2010
Performed: Daily
Released: Same day as tested
CPT Code: 87449
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: Random stool in clean, dry plastic container.
Handling: Refrigerate. Freeze immediately ≤ -20° C if transport is delayed beyond 72 hours.
Stability: 72 hours refrigerated, or 7 days if frozen ≤ -20° C. Unstable ambient.
Standard Volume: 5 gm unformed stool or 5 mL liquid stool.
Minimum Volume: 1 gm unformed stool or 1 mL liquid stool.
Transport: Refrigerated, or frozen on dry ice.
Comments: Repeat testing is not indicated for 72 hours if the C. difficile antigen result is negative or for 4 weeks if the C. difficile toxin is positive. Positive C. difficile antigen results reflex to a C. difficile toxin EIA test. Negative C. difficile toxin EIA results may reflex to a C. difficile Cell Cytotoxin Assay. Additional charges will be added for each test performed.
Rejection Criteria: Specimen in transport media or in preservative; delayed transport; ambient specimen; formed stool.

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