Gastrointestinal Parasite and Microsporidia by PCR
Ordering Recommendation

Do not order for patients with diarrhea developed during prolonged hospitalization. Most comprehensive and 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

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Tue, Thurs, Sat
2-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
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Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
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
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimens in Viral Transport Media. Stool in formalin. 
Additional information required: Specimen source. 
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 2 weeks 
Reference Interval
Available Separately Components Reference Interval
Yes (2011150)Gastrointestinal Parasite Panel by PCRSee Report
Yes (2011626)Microsporidia by PCRSee Report

Interpretive Data
Refer to report.

Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. 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.

Refer to individual components.
Hotline History
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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
2011627Microsporidia by PCR, Source31208-2
2011628Enterocytozoon bieneusi by PCR41443-3
2011629Encephalitozoon species by PCR
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