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Available Stat? No
Test code OP
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, and Isospora are coccidian protozoa that cause self-limited diarrheal disease in immuncompetent patients. Infection is usually transmitted by fecal contamination of food or water and in day care centers. Diarrheal disease may be chronic, producing severe debility and wasting in immunocompromised patients. Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, and Isosporaare acid fast and are detected in this laboratory by the combined iron hematoxylin/acid fast stain used for stool ova and parasite permanent smears. A request for Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, or Isospora includes a routine Ova and Parasite exam.
Container type Parasitology SAF Fixative collection vial
Collection Instructions Collect stool specimens using the Parasitology Para-Pak SAF Fixative Collection Kit (contains clear colorless fluid) available from Clinical Laboratory Support Service (x68199). Follow instructions which accompany each kit.
Sample type Stool
Special instructions Only 1 specimen per 24 hour time period will be accepted and tested for each patient.
Synonyms Cryptosporidium;Isospora;Cyclospora;Intestinal Parasites;
Stability Stool specimens placed immediately in SAF are stable at room temperature for 7 days.
References Garcia, LS, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, 5th Ed., ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87209
Last Updated 6/18/2011 8:03:46 AM
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