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Test Code IFOB Occult Blood in Feces, Immunochemical Method

Specimen Type

Feces (stool specimen) collected on Hemoccult ICT collection card

If Hemoccult ICT cards are not available, the stool specimen can be submitted in a plastic specimen container. 

Container/Tube

Hemoccult ICT collection card

Offsite Collection Instructions

Patients should not collect samples three days before, during, or three days after their menstrual period, if they have bleeding hemorrhoids, blood in their urine, open cuts on their hands, or if they have strained during the bowel movement.

Days and Times Performed

24/7

Method Name

Hemoccult ICT Immunochemical Fecal
Occult Blood Test

Test Limitations

Potential False Negative: Very high concentrations of blood
(visibly bloody stool) may test as negative due to prozone
effects.

Additional Information

The Occult Blood Feces, Immunochemical method (Hemoccult ICT)may
detect occult blood when it is the result of lower gastrointestinal
tract bleeding, but may fail to detect upper gastrointestinal tract
bleeding, producing a negative result. Therefore the Occult Blood,
Feces Guaiac Method (Hemoccult Sensa) is used for suspected upper
GI bleeding and Hemoccult ICT is used for suspected lower GI
bleeding.

Synonyms

Hemoccult ICT

Fee Code

53599

Stat Days and Times Performed

Not Available

CPT

82274

Reference Values

Negative

Specimen and Container/Tube

Feces (stool specimen), Timed

Transport Instructions

Three?�consecutive daily specimens or samples from different
portions of single stool specimen smeared on Hemoccult ICT
Collection card. Patients should not collect samples three days
before, during, or three days after their menstrual period, if they
have bleeding hemorrhoids, blood in their urine, open cuts on their
hands, or if they have strained during the bowel movement.?� If
Hemoccult ICT cards are not available, the stool specimen can be
submitted in a plastic specimen container.?�

Methodology

Hemoccult ICT Immunochemical Fecal
Occult Blood Test

Synonyms/Key Search Words

Hemoccult ICT