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Test Code GIP Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, PCR

Biohazard Infectious

Specimen Type

Preserved Stool

Container

Cary-Blair transport system (Para-Pak C&S). Add sample to the fill line on the container. See Collection instructions below.

Preferred Volume

Sample to the fill line on Cary-Blair transport system (Para-Pak C&S)

Mimimum Volume

Sample to the fill line on Cary-Blair transport system.

Offsite Collection Instructions

Same as UCMC Collection

UCMC Collection Instructions

Transfer 5 mL of stool to Cary-Blair transport system (Para-Pak C&S, Oracle, item number 222215) by adding specimen to the fill line on the container. Transport to the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.

Availability

Monday through Sunday

Turnaround Time

Testing is performed 7 days a week. Results will be available within 6 - 8 hours of receipt in Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.

STAT Availability

STAT is available upon director's approval.

Test Usage

The FilmArray gastrointestinal panel is a multiplex PCR test capable of qualitative detecting DNA or RNA of 22 pathogens (bacteria, parasites, and viruses) from a single stool specimen.

Test Methodology

The FilmArray gastrointestinal panel is a multiplex PCR test capable of qualitative detecting DNA or RNA of 22 pathogens (bacteria, parasites, and viruses) from a single stool specimen.

Additional Information

Rejection criteria: Specimen >96 hours, frozen specimen, other commercial transport media, formalin or PVA fixative, ECOFIX preservative, rectal swabs, endoscopy specimens.

CPT Code

87507

Test Includes

Rapid detection of gastrointestinal infections caused by the following: Campylobacter species, C. difficile toxin A/B, Plesiomonas shigelloides, Salmonella species, Vibrio species, Yersinia enterocolitica, Enteroaggregative E. coli, Enteropathogenic E. coli, Enterotoxigenic E. coli, E. coli O157, Shigella/Enteroinvasive E. coli, Shiga toxin, Cryptosporidium species, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia, Adenovirus F 40/41, Astrovirus, Norovirus GI/GII, Rotavirus A, and Sapovirus

Test Limitations

The detection of microbial DNA or RNA is dependent upon proper sample collection, handling, transportation, storage, and preparation. There is a risk of false-negative results due to the presence of strains with sequence variability or genetic rearrangements in the target regions of the assays. This test is not recommended as a test of cure. The presence of blood or mucous in the sample may interfere with testing.

Reference Range

Negative

Critical Results

N/A

Fee Code

30687507