Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing<<Return to Laboratory
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Clostridium difficile.
- Pseudomembranous colitis
Pure culture or 1.0mL frozen stool sample.
Send cultures as growth on culture medium or in transport medium. Send frozen stool samples on dry ice.
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Completed Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections Requisition.
Susceptibility testing is performed at the discretion of the lab by Etest, broth microdilution or Vitek2. Results are interpreted according to breakpoints published by CLSI, FDA or EuCAST.
12 Calendar days, however if growth is slow 19 calendar days.
- CLSI. Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, 26th informational supplement, M100-S26. 2016. Wayne, PA: Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute.
- The European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EuCAST). Breakpoint tables for interpretation of MICs and zone diameters. Version 6.0, 2016. http//www.eucast.org.