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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Gastrointestinal pathogen multiplex PCR (bacteria, C. difficile toxin, parasites and viruses)

Test Name

Gastrointestinal pathogen multiplex PCR (bacteria, C. difficile toxin, parasites and viruses)

Alternate Name/ Synonym

VIRUSES: Adenovirus 40/41, rotavirus, norovirus (Norwalk-like virus) (not torovirus, astrovirus, calicivirus)

BACTERIA: Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Yersinia enterocolitica, Campylobacter jejuni/coli/lari, Clostridium difficile toxin A/B, Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), E. coli 0157, Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC or EHEC), Vibrio cholerae

PARASITES: Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, Cryptosporidium (not Dientamoeba fragilis)

Gene Name

Proprietary

Test Code

GPPPC

Division

Molecular Microbiology - Viral

Method

Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

Blind Testing

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days

Disease/Condition

  • Bacterial, C. difficile toxin, viral, parasitic diarrhea
  • Bacterial, C. difficile toxin, viral, parasitic gastroenteritis
  • Gastroenteritis

Specimen Type

  • Stool

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • Stool - Cary-Blair transport medium or in sterile container, not in container with preservative

Storage/Transportation

  • All stool specimens must be shipped frozen on dry ice

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212