Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infections: The Latest Poop

Ferric C. Fang, MD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology, and Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

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 encore presentation of a webinar previously aired in March 2016 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.