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.

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.

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 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


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2012679 Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. coli by PCR 46455-2
2012681 Salmonella species by PCR 49612-5
2012683 Campylobacter jejuni/coli by PCR 61368-7
2012685 Campylobacter upsaliensis by PCR 49614-1
2012687 Shiga-like toxin 1 by PCR 63427-9
2012689 Shiga-like toxin 2 by PCR 63428-7
* Component test codes cannot be used to order tests. The information provided here is not sufficient for interface builds; for a complete test mix, please click the sidebar link to access the Interface Map.


Gastrointestinal Bacterial Panel by PCR (INACTIVE as of 08/16/21: Refer to 3003279 in the August Hotline)