C. difficile is the leading cause of gastroenteritis-associated death and is associated with approximately $5 billion in excess healthcare spending. Given the importance of accurate detection and appropriate infection control measures, diagnostics play a critical role in the management of patients with clinically significant diarrhea.
Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of health care-associated infections in U.S. hospitals and the leading cause of gastroenteritis-associated deaths. This presentation will review the evolution of laboratory tests used to diagnose Clostridium difficile infections and consider the advantages and disadvantages of current approaches. Controversies regarding potential over-diagnosis and optimal testing strategies will be discussed.
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