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Parasite Exam - Comprehensive Ova and Parasite Exam

Including Amoebiasis; See also Amoebic Antibodies

Test ID LAB258
EPIC Order
Comprehensive Ova and Parasite Exam
CPT Code(s) 87210, 87177 [87269*, 87272*]
Group/Individual Test Group
Laboratory Clinical Microbiology, 984-974-1805
Tube Station 82
Specimen Routine: Fresh Stool (<2 hrs old); At least 50 gm if solid, 20 mL if liquid.
If transport will be delayed, obtain PARA-PAK preservative and/or mailing container from the lab.
See Comments.
Availability Routine: 24 hours/7 days
Turnaround Time Routine TAT 48 - 72 hours
Test not performed Sat/Sun/Holidays
Reference Range Normal: Negative
Specimens collected on patients who have been hospitalized for >3 days should not be examined for parasites because of the low yield of this procedure.  This microscopic exam for ova and parasites is appropriate for patients with immunodeficiency or a history of travel or residence in an endemic area.  The CO+P test includes examination for *Giardia and *Cryptosporidium by Direct Fluorescent Antibody (DFA). The recommended, more sensitive test for Giardia and Cryptosporidium is included as part of the molecular GI PATHOGEN PANEL (GPP). If a concurrent order for GPP is received on a sample, testing for Giardia and Cryptosporidium by DFA will not be performed. If no GPP order is placed, Giardia and Cryptosporidium DFA testing will be included in the CO+P test. Note that the GPP cannot be performed on specimens in parasitology preservatives.
This test DOES NOT include detection of Isospora, Cyclospora, or Microsporidia.  This test DOES NOT serve as a test of cure.

Reviewed by jcayless on December 02, 2019

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