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I submitted a stool sample to retest .diff

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Hi, I submitted a stool sample to retest for c.diff for my son last Tuesday, I spoke with the office this Tuesday was told they results are available usually in 10 days.
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Customer: Well, my son tested positive for c.diff with gdh antigen and toxin a+b on 3/30/16. We put him on Florastor twice daily about a few weeks before he had c.diif with starting dose of just 1 packet daily. Throughout this whole time he had 1-2 loose stools with some blood, a few episodes of diarrhea, and consistently mucuosy stools and no blood or diarrhea. About a month we are talking about here. Last Tuesday we gave another stool sample to retest and to this day are awaiting for results.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.
HiI am not sure what your question is.C diff toxin takes about a few hours to test for.If that is possible, treatment is metronidazole.Floraster will not cure an overgrowth, and especially not if there are symptoms.It is adjunctive to getting rid of the C-diff.And good to use afterwards. OK, so you might have more questions or want to give me more information: Please use reply to expert if you have further questions. When you are ready, please click a positive rating [hopefully excellent—that’s how we are paid, per rating]. If you forgot something, come back. I am here daily.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
They may have done a special test for c diff like a culture for the bacteriaI would call back and ask them to run a toxin screenUsually 3 samples are needed 8 hours or more apart
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.
HiIn fact, as you state this was not a culture, and in fact was the following type of test reason it will take longer is because of the PCR component.If they do not detect the toxin, they do the additional testing to make sure, which takes longer.I am a double board certified US doctor and will always give you correct answers.Find me as needed.See my additional services offer.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
I'm sure it was a culture or it wouldn't take 10 days. how are your symptoms today?