About Clostridium difficile swab test
What is Clostridium difficile?
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is typically a soil-dwelling bacterium which can live in the human colon. Spread of clostridium difficile usually occurs through oral consumption of substances contaminated with faecal matter containing bacterial spores. The presence of C. difficile can be a part of natural healthy gut bacteria but can also cause infections, often after a course of antibiotics which affect the balance of gut bacteria. C. difficile infection (CDI) causes symptoms due to toxins released by the bacteria and is most common in individuals over the age of 65. Symptoms of CDI include diarrhoea, dehydration, abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite.
Why take the test?
This swab test screens for the presence of C. difficile in the rectum. It is used to diagnose the presence of C. difficile and CDI.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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