Medline ® Abstract for Reference 39
of 'Clostridium difficile infection in adults: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis'
Utility of perirectal swab specimens for diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection.
Kundrapu S, Sunkesula VC, Jury LA, Sethi AK, Donskey CJ
Clin Infect Dis. 2012;55(11):1527. Epub 2012 Aug 21.
For 139 patients tested for Clostridium difficile infection by polymerase chain reaction, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of testing perirectal swabs vs stool specimens were 95.7%, 100%, 100%, and 99.1%, respectively. For selected patients, perirectal swabs provide an accurate toxigenic C. difficile detection strategy.
Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.