CDIF - Overview: Clostridium difficile Culture

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: CDIF    
Clostridium difficile Culture

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Clostridium difficile culture provides an isolate suitable for antimicrobial susceptibility testing.


Culture is not the preferred diagnostic test for Clostridium difficile; CDFRP / Clostridium difficile Toxin, Molecular Detection, PCR, Feces is preferred for routine diagnostic testing.


Culture provides definitive evidence of the presence of the bacterium, Clostridium difficile in stool, providing an isolate for antimicrobial susceptibility testing.

Reflex Tests Lists tests that may or may not be performed, at an additional charge, depending on the result and interpretation of the initial tests

Test IDReporting NameAvailable SeparatelyAlways Performed
ANAIDAnaerobe IdentNo, (Bill Only)No
RMALAId MALDI-TOF Mass Spec AnaerobeNo, (Bill Only)No
ISANAnaerobe Ident by SequencingNo, (Bill Only)No

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed at an additional charge.

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Conventional Culture Technique

NY State Approved Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name A shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name

C. difficile Culture

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
Antibiotic-associated pseudomembraneous colitis
C. difficile, Stool
C. difficile, Feces