In this small single center prospective cohort, patients with suspected Cdiff submitted a stool sample and a rectal swab for PCR testing. The rectal swab was found to have a sensitivity and specificity of 96% and 100% respectively. This may be a much more user-friendly way to collect diagnostic testing for patients with suspected Cdiff (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.