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
• 
Microsporidia

Mnemonic
PARAMICPCR
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Tue, Thurs, Sat

Reported

2-5 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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

Specimens in Viral Transport Media. Stool in formalin.

Remarks

Additional information required: Specimen source.

Stability

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

Reference Interval
Available Separately Components Reference Interval
Yes (2011150) Gastrointestinal Parasite Panel by PCR See Report
Yes (2011626) Microsporidia by PCR See Report

Interpretive Data

Refer to report.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Note

Refer to individual components.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87505; 87798

Components
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
2011627 Microsporidia by PCR, Source 31208-2
2011628 Enterocytozoon bieneusi by PCR 41443-3
2011629 Encephalitozoon species by PCR
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Aliases
Gastrointestinal Parasite and Microsporidia by PCR