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Test Name: Isospora


CPT Code(s): 87207

Methodology: Modified Acid Fast Stain

Clinical Significance: Detects the presence of Isospora belli.

Days Performed: Mon-Fri, dayshift.

Turnaround Time: Stat: Not available stat.
Routine: Up to 4 days

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Stool, duodenal biopsy or fluid, bile, sputum, bronchial wash, or pulmonary biopsy

Collection Instructions: See instructions included in Para-PakŪ Ova & Parasite (O&P) kit (pink and gray caps) for the collection of stool. Do not contaminate stool with urine during collection. For non-stool specimens, collect specimen in sterile screw cap container.

Collection Container: Preferred: See collection instructions.

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Microbiology (B4/231).

Unacceptable Criteria: Specimens on patients hospitalized more than 3 days are not acceptable unless the patient is immunocompromised. See "Additional Information" below.

Stability: Ambient: Unpreserved: 1 hour; Para-PakŪ: Unlimited
Refrigerated: Not acceptable
Frozen: Not acceptable


Expected Results:


Additional Information:

Because these agents do not cause hospital acquired infections, specimens on patients who have been hospitalized greater than 3 days will require approval of the Director of Microbiology or Pathology Resident.

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