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GI Pathogen Panel

Includes: Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli 0157, enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC), Giardia, Cryptosporidium, rotavirus, norovirus

Test ID LAB6053
EPIC Order
GI Pathogen Panel
CPT Code(s) 87506
Group/Individual Test Group
Laboratory Molecular Microbiology; 984-974-1820
Tube Station 82
Specimen Routine: Fresh Stool or Stool in ParaPak, C&S transport media (Cary Blair orange top transport vial); See Important Comments
Gram stain No
Availability Routine: M-F
STAT: N/A
Turnaround Time 1-3 days
Reference Range Negative

Internal Reference Testing Specimen Handling Instructions:

Aliquot into Cary Blair
Comment
Deliver within 2 Hrs of collection; Refrigerate fresh stool before/during transport. If transport is delayed more than 2 hours after collection, the specimen must be placed in C&S transport media (Cary-Blair orange top transport vial). Once stool is placed in transport media, refrigeration is not necessary. GI Pathogen Panel will not be performed for patients hospitalized >3 days without Director approval.
In order to be acceptable for this assay, specimens must conform to the shape of the container. Stool specimens must not be collected after administration of barium, bismuth or oil. Rectal swabs, vomitus and other stool transport devices will be rejected. Testing of more than one specimen per patient requires Director approval.
Not suitable for test of cure on previously positive patients. Please contact the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at 984-974-1805 if test of cure culture is required.
Test performed using Luminex xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, an FDA-cleared qualitative molecular multiplex test. Positive results for Campylobacter, E. coli 0157, shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC), Salmonella, Shigella and Cryptosporidium must be reported by both the Physician and Laboratory to the State of North Carolina, Division of Epidemiology.
Norovirus PCR is offered as a stand-alone test. Norovirus PCR is available 24 hrs/day with a routine turnaround time of 8 hrs and a STAT turnaround time of 2 hrs.

Reviewed by gloria_crawford on June 27, 2016

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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