Faeces for C. difficile investigation
C.difficile is unable to successfully compete in the normal intestinal ecosystem; however when the balance of the microflora of the intestinal tract is altered by antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents, C.difficile is able to compete and colonise the intestinal tract. The organism will then replicate and secrete two toxins, toxin A and Toxin B. Toxin A is an enterotoxin that causes fluid accumulation in the bowel and is a weak cytotoxin for mammalian cells where as Toxin B is a potent cytotoxin. Turn around time 24 hrs.
2gm or 2ml of diarrhoeal faeces in a sterile universal container white top or blue top (with a scoop forming part of the lid)
samples received by 15.00 will be tested same day.
Formed faecal samples will NOT be tested.
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Last updated: 27/11/2017