Cryptosporidium Diagnostic Procedure, Stool

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: SM OOCYST
POE DESCRIPTION: SM CRYPTOSPORIDIUM
CPT CODE: 87207; 87015
TEST INFORMATION: Test includes examination of the stool for the presence of Cryptosporidium, Isospora, and Cyclospora by a modified acid-fast stain.
DAYS PERFORMED:

Daily

TURNAROUND TIME: 1-2 days
CONTAINER TYPE:

Plastic feces specimen container, no preservative; sealed sterile or nonsterile clean container, ECOFIX PARAPAK

COLLECTION: The specimen should be collected directly into the plastic feces specimen container (no preservative) or into a bedpan, avoiding contamination with urine or water. Transfer the feces from the bedpan into the plastic feces container or a sealed container.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Fresh stool
REJECTION CRITERIA: Specimen on outside of container, insufficient quantity of specimen, rectal swab, inappropriate specimen, specimen submitted in a preservative, specimen contaminated with water and/or urine.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 1 mL or 1 gram
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate
REFERENCE RANGE: No Cryptosporidium detected; No Isospora detected; No Cyclospora detected
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: Organisms are most readily demonstrated in diarrheal stools.
METHODOLOGY: Modified acid-fast stain of a concentrated specimen on air-dried methanol fixed smears (decolorization with 1% sulfuric acid).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If this test procedure is requested on a specimen other than stool, a consultation with the Director or a Supervisor is recommended. Click here for more information about Cryptosporidiosis, Isosporiasis, and Cyclosporiasis
LAST UPDATED:

5-20-2014