Gastrointestinal Bacterial Panel by PCR
Ordering Recommendation

Use as a sensitive alternative to traditional stool culture to detect the most common gastrointestinal bacterial pathogens: Salmonella, Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. coli, Campylobacter jejuni/coli, and shiga-toxigenic E. coli. This test can also detect Campylobacter upsaliensis, which cannot be readily cultured.

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Tue, Thurs, Sat
2-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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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), OR place stool in enteric transport media (Cary-Blair) (ARUP supply #29799) 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
Formalin-fixed stool. 
This test is New York DOH approved; however, per NYDOH regulations, testing cannot be performed for New York City clients. 
Unpreserved Stool: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 2 months
Stool in Transport Media: Ambient: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 3 days; Frozen: Unacceptable 
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: 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.

This assay detects Shigella spp., Enteroinvasive E. coli, Salmonella spp., Campylobacter jejuni/coli, Campylobacter upsaliensis, Shiga-like toxin 1, and Shiga-like toxin 2.
Hotline History
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2012679Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. coli by PCR46455-2
2012681Salmonella species by PCR49612-5
2012683Campylobacter jejuni/coli by PCR61368-7
2012685Campylobacter upsaliensis by PCR49614-1
2012687Shiga-like toxin 1 by PCR63427-9
2012689Shiga-like toxin 2 by PCR63428-7
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