Days Set Up
Monday - Friday
Analytic Time

48 hours
Specimens received on Friday 3pm through Sunday 3pm will have an extended analytic time.

MiChart Code
Ova and Parasite Screen
Soft Order Code
OPE

Test Updated:

Synonyms

Trichrome Stain
Feces, Ova and Parasites
OPE
Parasite Exam, Stool
Parasite Examination, Stool
Rectal, Ova and Parasites
Sigmoid, Ova and Parasites
Stool, Ova and Parasites
Feces, Ova and Parasites
Parasite Exam, Stool
Stool, Ova and Parasites
OVA AND PARASITE EXAM

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Microscopic Exam

Test Usage

Establish the diagnosis of parasitic infestation

Reference Range

No parasites seen

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Collect fresh random stool or sigmoid specimen. Specimens obtained with mineral oil, bismuth, or magnesium compounds are not acceptable. Wait until patient has cleared substance (about 7-10 Days) before collecting stools for examination. Stool specimens MUST be sent in Ova and Parasite transport kit. Emulsify stool specimen thoroughly in vial fluid. If necessary, place a urine bag on the patient to prevent urine contamination. Specimen should not come in contact with water. Continue adding stool to the transport until specimen reaches the fill line. Transport kits may be held up to 1 week at room temperature. RECOMMENDED SCREENING: 2 stool specimens, one every other day. Note on requisition if a Cryptosporidium or Cyclospora cayetanensis exam is needed as a special staining procedure must be performed. If the patient has been hospitalized more than 3 days, this test will not be done unless there is an overriding clinical reason. Indicate specimen source and collection date/time. Specimens contaminated with urine, water, or interfering substances such as barium, bismuth, Metamucil, caster oil, or mineral oil are unacceptable. Only submit 1 specimen per day. Indicate patient history, including foreign travel. If both a routine O&P examination 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 or sigmoid specimen. Specimens obtained with mineral oil, bismuth, or magnesium compounds are not acceptable. Wait until patient has cleared substance (about 7-10 Days) before collecting stools for examination. Stool specimens MUST be sent in Ova and Parasite transport kit. Emulsify stool specimen thoroughly in transport vial fluid. If necessary, place a urine bag on the patient to prevent urine contamination. Specimen should not come in contact with water. Continue adding stool to the transport until specimen reaches the fill line. Transport kits may be held up to 1 week at room temperature. RECOMMENDED SCREENING: 2 stool specimens, one every other day. Note on requisition if a Cryptosporidium or Cyclospora cayetanensis exam is needed as a special staining procedure must be performed. Indicate specimen source and collection date/time. Specimens contaminated with urine, water, or interfering substances such as barium, bismuth, Metamucil, caster oil, or mineral oil are unacceptable. If unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified before disposal of the original specimen. Only submit 1 specimen per day.
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
5 mL stool

Billing Information

CPT Code
87177 O&P Exam, 87209 Trichrome Stain
Pro Fee Code
 
LOINC
10704-5 OPE, 43227-8 TRIFEE

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