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Cryptosporidum parvum

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P407
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Monday-Friday, day shift
Method Kinyoun stain
Collection Instructions Submit 1 teaspoonful unpreserved, refrigerated stool, < 24 hours old or an SAF-preserved sample. For SAF samples fill to red line on container.

SAF tubes and instructions available from the 1st floor ACC draw station, 2330 Post St draw station, 5th floor lab at Parnassus and 2nd floor lab at MtZ.
Container type Clean container or SAF tube. SAF tubes and instructions available from the 1st floor ACC draw station, 2330 Post St draw station, 5th floor lab at Parnassus and 2nd floor lab at MtZ.
Sample type Stool
UCSF Rejection Criteria Unpreserved stool received > 1 hour after collection. Stool in a preservative other than SAF. More than one sample received within 24 hours.
Processing notes Maintain sample at room temperature
Normal range Negative
Synonyms C. parvum; Protozoan concentration; Coccidia
Stability Unpreserved 1 hour, preserved 2 weeks
Turn around times 1-3 days
Additional information A screen for Coccidia (Isospora, Cryptosporidia and Cyclospora) is included in the routine stool examination for Parasites (see Parasites-Stool)

An acid-fast smear from a concentrate is examined for Cryptosporidia only if specifically requested and at an additional charge.

If a smear for Cryptosporidum is requested independent of a routine "O&P" request, there will be an additional charge for preparing a stool concentrate for staining. See also Cyclospora and Microsporidia.
LOINC code 40958-1
Last Updated 8/27/2012 12:43:35 PM
Entry Number 277

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