FAECES OVA, CYST & PARASITE EXAMINATION
Department: Microbiology
Alternate Names for Test: AMOEBA
BILHARZIA (Faeces)
ENTAMOEBA HISTOLYTICA
ENTEROBIUS
INTESTINAL PARASITES
OCP (OVA, CYSTS and PARASITES)
OVA, CYSTS and PARASITES
PARASITES
PINWORM
SCHISTOSOMA DIRECT EXAMINATION (Faeces)
STRONGYLOIDES STERCORALIS
THREADWORM
Specimen Collection Requirements:
Patient Instruction Sheet:

Faeces Collection

Sample Type:

1x Faeces - Random

Sample Type Notes: Ova and parasites only performed if a history of overseas travel provided. 
Additional Information: Giardia and Cryptosporidia are almost exclusively the parasites which cause 
diarrhoea in those patients who have not travelled overseas. 

The most appropriate diagnostic laboratory test for these is by antigen detection.

Examination of stools for other faecal parasites will only be performed in those 
with a history of overseas travel. 

PARASITES
     (i)    Routine screen - 5-10g (walnut size) or 20-30ml fresh faeces in         
    sterile container.

     (ii)   Protozoa and flagellates (E.histolytica, Giardia, Dientamoeba           
  fragilis etc)-
            In addition to routine screen add:  
            Two pea sized portions of faeces into a PVA container. (See listing     
        for; Faeces in Preservative for Parasite Examination) Mix well.(PVA         
    containers available, with instructions, from the laboratory).
            
     (iii)  Enterobius (threadworm, pinworm etc) -
            Cellotape imprint of perianal skin is required.
            A faeces sample is unsuitable.

      (iv)  Worm identification -
            Send in saline - ensure clearly labelled for microbiology dept and      
       NOT histology

       (v) Giardia / Cryptosporidium testing please see listing for Giardia /       
     Crypto 

In the Lab:
Delphic Code: FAEC
Ultra Code: FP
Lab Solutions Code: FAPA
Testing Schedule: 0800-1600 weekdays
Turnaround Time: 1 week
Stability Time Limit for Add-On Tests: 48 hours
Link to Application and Diagnostic Use Website: https://www.rcpa.edu.au/Library/Practising-Pathology/RCPA-Manual/Items/Pathology-Tests
Contact Details:
Lab Contact: Koen van der Werff
Department Name: Microbiology
Phone: (04) 3815900

Test Information last updated on 08/06/2016
Website last updated on 26/09/2016 08:25

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