Nonutility of repeat laboratory testing for detection of Clostridium difficile by use of PCR or enzyme immunoassay

Elisabeth Aichinger, Cathy D. Schleck, William S. Harmsen, Lisa M. Nyre, Robin Patel

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Abstract

The diagnostic gains of repeat testing for Clostridium difficile by enzyme immunoassay and PCR (i.e., initial negative result followed by positive result) within a 7-day period were 1.9 and 1.7%, respectively. There is little value of repeat testing for C. difficile by enzyme immunoassay or PCR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3795-3797
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume46
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

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Nonutility of repeat laboratory testing for detection of Clostridium difficile by use of PCR or enzyme immunoassay. / Aichinger, Elisabeth; Schleck, Cathy D.; Harmsen, William S.; Nyre, Lisa M.; Patel, Robin.

In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol. 46, No. 11, 11.2008, p. 3795-3797.

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Aichinger, Elisabeth ; Schleck, Cathy D. ; Harmsen, William S. ; Nyre, Lisa M. ; Patel, Robin. / Nonutility of repeat laboratory testing for detection of Clostridium difficile by use of PCR or enzyme immunoassay. In: Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2008 ; Vol. 46, No. 11. pp. 3795-3797.
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