Bioscience

New test for Clostridium difficile allows rapid, accurate diagnosis

November 23, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Medscape] – A self-contained molecular assay for Clostridium difficile allows sensitive and specific identification within 24 hours, and detects the toxin A gene (tcdA) in addition to the toxin B gene (tcdB).

C difficile–associated diarrhea is on the rise in both hospital and community settings, and with it comes an increased need for a rapid diagnostic test to identify the presence of C difficile and help guide treatment, noted Brianne Couturier, PhD, from the ARUP Institute for Clinical Experimental Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, during her poster presentation here at the Association for Molecular Pathology 2010 Annual Meeting.

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