Ordering Recommendation

Not the preferred initial test for diagnosis of Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile-associated diarrhea. Preferred initial test is Clostridium difficile toxin B gene (tcdB) by PCR (2002838).

Mnemonic
CDIFTX
Methodology

Cell Culture/Neutralization

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

2-5 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Stool.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 1 mL stool to an unpreserved stool transport vial (ARUP supply #40910). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions

Specimens in preservatives. Specimens submitted on swabs.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen at -20°C: 72 hours; Frozen at -70°C: 1 week

Reference Interval

Negative - No C. difficile cytotoxin detected.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

FDA

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87230

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060858 C. difficile Cytotoxin Cell Assay 6362-8
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Aliases
  • c diff
  • C. difficle cytotoxin cell assay
  • Clostridioides difficile
  • Clostridium difficile Cytotoxin Antibody, Neutralization
  • Clostridium difficile Toxin B Cytotoxin Assay
  • cytotoxin cell test
Clostridium difficile Cytotoxin Cell Assay