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Test ID: GIAR    
Giardia Antigen, Feces

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Fecal

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a Microbiology Request Form (Supply T244) with the specimen.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Specimen Type: Preserved stool

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Stool container with 10% buffered formalin preservative (Supply T466)

Acceptable: SAF or MF

Specimen Volume: 5 g

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient (preferred)/Refrigerated

 

Specimen Type: Unpreserved stool

Container/Tube: Stool container (Supply T288)

Specimen Volume: 5 g

Collection Instructions: See Stool Collection Information Sheet in Special Instructions.

Specimen Stability Information: Frozen

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

2 g

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Duodenal, duodenal aspirate, or small bowel aspirate (this test is not U.S. FDA approved for these types of sources); grossly bloody stool (containing no visible stool), or very mucoid stool

 

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
FecalVaries