Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE)<<Return to Laboratory
Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis 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.
Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.
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Completed Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections Requisition.
PFGE will only be applied for outbreak investigations or comparative purpose. Please consult lab prior to requesting test.
Fingerprints are compared to a national database.
10 calendar days.
- Miller, M. et al. 2010. Health Care-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection in Canada: Patient Age and Infecting Strain Type Are Highly Predictive of Severe Outcome and Mortality. Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 50(2), pg. 194-201
- Alfa M. J., Kabani A., Lyerly D., et al. 2000. Characterization of a toxin A-negative, toxin B-positive strain of Clostridium difficile responsible for a nosocomial outbreak of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 38(7):2706–2714.