Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Cyclospora/Isospora Stain

  • LIS Mnemonic: AFSMC

    Collect

    ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: Stool, colonic aspirate/wash, or small bowel aspirate collected in O&P vials OR a sterile, leak-proof container.

    Volume Required

    Add stool to the "Fill to Here" line on O&P vials (=approx. 5 mL of sample)

    Minimum Required

    5 mL (whether in O&P vials or sterile container)

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Unpreserved specimens must be received in the lab within 30 minutes of collection. Specimens sent in O&P vials may be received in the lab up to 2 weeks after collection.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Specimens should not be refrigerated or frozen. Specimens sent on swabs or in diapers will not be accepted.

Days Performed

Monday-Friday

Reported

1-3 days

CPT

87206

Methodology

Special stain