C. difficile DNA PCR

Negative tests should not be repeated for at least 7 days. Positive tests should not be repeated for at least 14 days. This is not to be used as a test of cure. This test is not to be used for children under 2 years of age.

Test Code

Preferred Specimen

"Stool must be soft or liquid. Formed stool is unacceptable for testing.
Testing Frequency: Daily 9AM through 2PM"

Transport Container
XST, Sterile Container

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated to lab within 24 hours of collect in clean cup

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Stability: 5 days Refrigerated

PCR detection of C. difficile toxin and determination of NAP-1 strain presence in positive specimens.

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.