Ova and Parasites: Comprehensive OAP

Method(s) Concentrate technique/Trichrome stain/light microscopy, Light microscopy/Direct Fluorescent Antibody
Specimen Required
Collect Stool.
Transport Inpatient: Stool collected in a dry, clean container and delivered immediately at room temperature. Outpatient: Several spoonfuls of stool transferred to a vial with SAF Fixative and delivered within 72 hours at room temperature.
Remarks Three specimens collected on separate days should be submitted per standard recommendations as parasites may be shed intermittently. Further, only 1 specimen per day will be reimbursed by Medicaid and private insurers; therefore, only 1 specimen per day will be accepted for testing.
Stability

Stool preserved in SAF: 1 month at Room Temperature. If specimen is unpreserved the stool is stable for 24 hours at 4°C.

Unacceptable Conditions Specimen collected on swab, stick or diaper. Specimens contaminated with oil, barium or urine. Dry specimens are inappropriate for testing.
Schedule Mon-Fri
Billing Code 3010397
CPTCode 87269, 87272, 87171
Notes The "Comprehensive" exam should be ordered if the patient's immune status or travel history warrants examination for only intestinal parasites. It includes a DFA for Giardia & Crytosporidium plus a concentrate exam for additional intestinal protozoa and worms.
Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

No ova and parasites seen.

Negative for Giardia by DFA.

Negative for Cryptosporidium by DFA.

No Appointment Necessary
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