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Test ID: MTBS    
Microsporidia Stain

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Varies

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.

 

Patient should avoid use of anti-diarrheal medication (ie, loperamide or Pepto-Bismol).

 

The presence of barium will interfere with this test.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Preferred:       

Specimen Type: Preserved stool         

Container/Tube:

Preferred: ECOFIX preservative (Supply T219)

Acceptable: Container with 10% formalin

Specimen Volume: 5 g

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

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient (preferred)/Refrigerated/Frozen

Additional Information: Formed stool specimens seldomly yield microsporidial organisms.

 

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: Refrigerated <3 days (preferred)/Frozen

Additional Information: Formed stool specimens seldomly yield microsporidial organisms.

 

Acceptable:

Specimen Type: Duodenal aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated <3 days (preferred)/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.

Stool: 1 g/Duodental aspirate: 0.5 mL

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

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

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
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