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Lack of false-positive results for Clostridioides difficile toxins A and B using two commercial enzyme immunoassays in pediatric patients

  • Aakash B. Balaji (a1), Joseph S. Sichel (a1) and Larry K. Kociolek (a1) (a2)


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