No need to repeat Cdiff PCR

By  |  October 29, 2010 | 

In this large cohort of patients tested for Cdiff by PCR, repeat testing of patients (that were initially test negative) was rarely helpful, as 97.5% of the repeat tests were also negative. The authors recommend not to do repeat testing within 7 days, unless the patient has evidence of a new infection (abstract).

About the Author:

Danielle Scheurer
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.


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