Days Set Up
Daily; Monday - Friday, except Holidays
Analytic Time

30 minutes

MiChart Code
Cryptosporidium and Giardia Antigen
Soft Order Code
CRGAG

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Synonyms

Parasite Antigen, Giardia lamblia
Parasite Antigen, Cryptosporidium

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Test Overview

Test Methodology
 
Test Usage

Screening for the detection of Cryptosporidium and Giardia antigens present in stool

Reference Range

Negative (no detectable Cryptosporidium or Giardia antigen)

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Collect fresh random stool specimen. Add stool specimen to transport vial until liquid reaches fill line. Emulsify specimen thoroughly in transport fluid. If necessary, place a urine bag on the patient to prevent urine contamination. Acceptable specimens are stool sent in: Stool Culture transport (orange cap- Carey Blair)stored refrigerated up to 48 hours. If an unacceptable specimen is received, medical staff will be notified before disposal of the original specimen. Indicate patient history, including foreign travel. If patient has been hospitalized more than 3 days this test will not be performed unless there is an overriding clinical reason to do so. If both a routine O&P examination and Cryptosporidium and Giardia antigen testing are requested, only the antigen test will be performed unless the patient was seen by GI or ID or both tests are indicated based on relevant patient history.
Gastrointestinal panel (GIPAN) should be considered at additional cost, when multiple stool tests are desired. GIPAN is performed by real time PCR and identifies 21 stool pathogens.

Collection Offsite

Collect fresh random stool specimen. Add stool specimen to transport vial until liquid reaches fill line. Emulsify specimen thoroughly in transport fluid. If necessary, place a urine bag on the patient to prevent urine contamination.
Acceptable specimens are stool sent in Stool Culture transport (orange cap) (Cary Blair) stored refrigerated up to 48 hours. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified before disposal of the original specimen.
See MLabs Stool Specimen Collection Instructions available online at http://mlabs.umich.edu/files/pdfs/GL-Stool_Collection_Guidelines.pdf for patient instructions.
Gastrointestinal panel (GIPAN) should be considered at additional cost, when multiple stool tests are desired . GIPAN is performed by real time PCR and identifies 21 stool pathogens.

Normal Volume
5 mL stool
Minimum Volume
 

Billing Information

CPT Code
87328, 87329
Pro Fee Code
 
LOINC
 

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.