Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Rapid Cryptosporidium/Giardia Assay

  • LIS Mnemonic: RCGAG

    Collect

    Stool collected in a sterile, leak-proof container or O&P vials.

    Volume Required

    1-3 mLs

    Minimum Required

    1 mL

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Unpreserved specimens must be received in the lab within 2 hours 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. Colonic or duodenal washings will not be accepted due to their possible dilution factor. Specimens should not be sent on swabs or in diapers will not be accepted.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

2 hour expected turn-around time from receipt in lab

CPT

86255

Methodology

Enzyme Immunoassay