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Gastrointestinal Parasite Panel by PCR
2011150
Ordering Recommendation

Do not order for patients with diarrhea developed during prolonged hospitalization. Use as a sensitive alternative to traditional, insensitive ova and parasite examinations of stool specimens for the evaluation of GI infections. Detects
• Cryptosporidium hominis and parvum
• Cyclospora cayetanensis
• Dientamoeba fragilis
• Entamoeba histolytica
• Giardia lamblia/intestinalis/duodenalis

Mnemonic
GI PARAPCR
Methodology
Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Performed
Tue, Thu, Sat
Reported
2-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Stool. 
Specimen Preparation
Transfer 1 mL stool to an unpreserved stool transport vial (ARUP Supply #40910). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. (Min: 0.5 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Frozen. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Formalin-fixed stool. 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 2 weeks 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data
A negative result does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or test-specific nucleic acid in concentrations below the level of detection by this test.

Compliance Statement B: This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Note
This test detects Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia, Entamoeba histolytica, Dientamoeba fragilis, and Cyclospora cayetanensis.
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2011192Cryptosporidium by PCR60545-1
2011194Giardia by PCR60544-4
2011196Entamoeba histolytica by PCR6396-6
2011198Dientamoeba fragilis by PCR70295-1
2011200Cyclospora cayetanensis by PCR41436-7
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