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Pathologists must collaborate with institutional stakeholders (eg, infectious disease physicians, infection prevention) to choose a C. difficile testing algorithm. Despite technologic advances, optimal testing methods for pathogens that are also associated with an asymptomatic carrier state are elusive. Testing algorithms used to diagnose C. difficile infection vary across institutions with persistent debate regarding the best practice. This activity will discuss optimal preanalytic test criteria and methods to support the diagnosis of a C. difficile infection, so pathologists are prepared to guide a diagnostic approach that all stakeholders find acceptable.
This clinical pathology activity is intended for pathologists.
After completing this activity, you should be able to:
- Describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of Clostridioides difficile infection.
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of test methods available for diagnosing C. difficile infection.
- Summarize C. difficile treatment and infection prevention.
Sandra S. Richter, MD, D(ABMM), FCAP
Clinical Pathology Improvement Program
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 1.25
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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This activity and evaluation are available March 20, 2023, and expire March 19, 2026, at 11:59 PM (CT). Upon completion of the activity your credit will be awarded. Your certificate may be downloaded from your Transcript.