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ID:632 Clostridium difficile ribotyping
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DescriptionRibotyping on Clostridium difficile isolates from patients with Clostridium difficile infection allows for the identification of certain strains such as 027 that can be difficult to control when causing outbreaks and/or may be associated with poor clinical outcome. This service is currently available free of charge only for isolates from LTHT and Leeds PCTs. Prior discussion with your Regional Microbiologist is recommended.
Indication Suspicion of Outbreak of C difficile infection
Additional InfoPerformed by PCR testing on faecal isolate.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna
Interpretation Results will be issued in the form of a PCR ribotype. Outbreak would be confirmed if ribotypes match from suspected patients

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Collection ConditionsC. difficile toxin positive stool or C. difficile culture isolate For LTHT samples ribotype testing would be performed using the original cytotoxin positive sample held in the laboratory. Testing can be requested through the infection control nurses on the PHE CDRN electronic requesting and reporting system.
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IP Acute TAT14 days
IP Routine TAT14 days
GP Acute TAT14 days
GP Routine TAT14 days
Turnround CommentNA

Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster. Review due on 14/07/2018 10:48:02. Published By K Roberts on 14/07/2017 10:48:02.