We reviewed the results of repeated sample submissions within a 7-day time frame for Clostridium difficile toxin testing. A total of 2,940 samples were tested during a 3-month period using a cell culture cytotoxicity assay (CCCA). The results from all second samples (n = 1,101) were concordant with the original test result. In only two cases (0.8%; n = 247) was a third sample positive when the first two samples were negative. In this study, submission of multiple samples for CCCA did not increase detection of Clostridium difficile infection.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)