Ova and Parasites: Basic OAPB

Method(s) Concentrate technique/Trichrome stain/light microscopy
Specimen Required
Collect

Stool, Urine, Sputum, Bronchial wash/ lavage.

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. Urine, sputum, and bronchial specimens should be refrigerated and delivered within 72 hours.

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. Urine, sputum, and bronchial specimens are stable for 72 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 3010403
CPTCode 87177
Notes This basic exam is only a concentrate/trichrome stain exam intended for clients that have already performed testing for Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

No ova and parasites seen.

No Appointment Necessary
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