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, and Giardia lamblia/intestinalis/duodenalis

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

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

Formalin-fixed stool.


Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 2 weeks


Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction


Tue, Thu, Sat


2-5 days

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.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


This test detects Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia, Entamoeba histolytica, Dientamoeba fragilis, and Cyclospora cayetanensis.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2011192 Cryptosporidium by PCR 60545-1
2011194 Giardia by PCR 60544-4
2011196 Entamoeba histolytica by PCR 6396-6
2011198 Dientamoeba fragilis by PCR 70295-1
2011200 Cyclospora cayetanensis by PCR 41436-7
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Gastrointestinal Parasite Panel by PCR