Department: Referred Immunology
Alternate Names for Test: CALPROTECTIN
Specimen Collection Requirements:
Patient Preparation: A charge applies, except where the test is ordered by a registered medical 
specialist, or where specialist approval is obtained and the approving clinician's 
name and the clinical indication for the test is noted in the clinical details 
Patient Instruction Sheet:

Faeces Collection

Sample Type:

1x Faeces - Random

Pre-Analytical Storage Requirements: Up to 7 days at room temperature or 4oC. Preference is for aliquot to be frozen at sendaways.
Transport Requirements: Frozen
Referred Specimens:
Referred to: Capital & Coast DHB Laboratory
Link to Reference Lab Website: http://labtests.ccdhb.org.nz/search.aspx
Minimum Aliquot: 200 mg
Pre-Transport Requirements to Reference Lab: Freeze
Transport Requirements to Reference Lab: Frozen
In the Lab:
Lab Test Code: RFACA
Turnaround Time: 2 weeks
Reference Interval & Interpretation: Provided with Reference Laboratory result.
Link to Application and Diagnostic Use Website: http://www.rcpamanual.edu.au/index.php?option=com_pttests&view=tests&Itemid=77
Notes: Elevated faecal calprotectin indicates a high probability of intestinal 
inflammation. For patients with known inflammatory bowel disease in remission, 
faecal calprotectin >50 mg/kg is associated with an increased risk of relapse over 
the next 12 months.

Contact Details:
Lab Contact: Paul Tustin and Dr Richard Steele
Department Name: Immunology
Phone: (04) 3815900 ext 840
Fax: (04) 3815948
Email: ptustin@apath.co.nz

Test Information last updated on 9/02/2015
Website last updated on 07/09/2015 12:09

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