Clostridium perfringens

TEST NAME Clostridium perfringens
DISEASE/DISORDER Bacteremia, emphysematous cholecystitis, gastroenteritis, gas gangrene,clostridial myonecrosis 
ALTERNATE NAME(S) C. perfringens

Contact CEDEP if foodborne outbreak is suspected.

ORDERING INFORMATION TDH DLS Requisition:  PH-4182 Clinical Submission Requisition

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation
  • None
Specimen Collection
  • Stool

 - C&S Culture Transport Media (i.e. ParaPak)

- Semisolid or liquid transport media (i.e. Cary Blair or Amies)

- Commercially available enteric transport medium

  • Isolate

-Media that maintains anaerobic conditions (i.e. chopped meat broth, thioglycolate broth)

- Commercially available anaerobic transport media/system

Specimen Labeling
  • Specimen must be labeled with at least two unique patient identifiers and match accompanying PH-4182 Clinical Submission Requisition.
Specimen Processing
  • None
Specimen Storage and Preservation
  • Stool specimens and isolates should be stored at ambient temperature.
Specimen Transport
  • Ship stool specimens and isolates at ambient temperature.
  • All infectious substance shipments must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180). 
Specimen Acceptability and Rejection
  • Specimens that do not adhere to all specimen requirements will be rejected.
Testing Location
  • Nashville

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