A new approach for diagnosis of Clostridium difficile based on evolution of a unique volatile organic compound identifier

Emma Tait, Stephen Stanforth, John Perry, John Dean

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Abstract

Clostridium difficile is a major cause of nosocomial infections and rapid diagnosis of the disease is essential for infection control. Several methods for C. difficile detection are employed in clinical laboratories; each method has its advantages and disadvantages. A novel method has recently been developed that allows differentiation between C. diffi cile-positive and -negative stool samples based on volatile organic compound evolution and their detection by headspace solidphase microextraction gas chromatography–mass spectrometry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-25
JournalClinical Laboratory International
Volume39
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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