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

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:
Lab Test Code: FAPA
Stability Time Limit for Add-On Tests: 48 hours
Link to Application and Diagnostic Use Website: http://www.rcpamanual.edu.au/index.php?option=com_pttests&view=tests&Itemid=77
Contact Details:
Lab Contact: Mackenzie Nicol and Dr Mark Jones
Department Name: Microbiology
Phone: (04) 3815900 ext 798
Fax: (04) 3815948
Email: mnicol@apath.co.nz

Test Information last updated on 19/03/2013
Website last updated on 22/04/2014 11:09

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