Test for persistent diarrhea (>14 days) or known risk factors if Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora or Cystoisospora is the suspected infectious agent.
Stool. Due to the various shedding cycles of many parasites, three separate stool specimens collected over a 5-7 day period are recommended.
Preserve 2 g of stool within one hour of collection in AlcorFix (ARUP Supply #52059) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. (Min: 1 g) Additional specimen collection instructions can be found at https://www.aruplab.com/parasep. Preserving in 10 percent formalin is also acceptable.
Specimens other than stool or unpreserved stool.
Ambient: 9 months; Refrigerated: 9 months; Frozen: Unacceptable
Refer to report.
Cryptosporidium antigen detection by EIA is also available for stool samples only. Refer to Cryptosporidium Antigen by EIA (0060045). Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) for Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora is also available.
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- Coccidian like bodies
- Cryptosporidium/Cyclospora Stain
- Cyclospora cayetanensis
- Cyclospora Stain
- Isospora Stain
- Modified Acid Fast