Item Value
Test name Ova and Parasite Exam
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 1-3 days
In House Availability Monday-Friday, day shift
Performed by Microbiology
Patient Preparation Patient should be off ALL antibiotics for ≥ 2 weeks before for an O&P examination to be valid.
Normal range Negative
Container type
Inpatients Clean container
ED/Outpatients SAF collection vial


SAF vials and instructions available from Material Services (PMM # 44366 Vials SAF Sterile Child Resistant Cap 574-05-CRC-WB).
Outpatients can obtain these from the laboratories' draw stations.
Amount to Collect See preferred volume
Collection Instructions SAF vials and instructions available from Material Services (PMM # 44366 Vials SAF Sterile Child Resistant Cap 574-05-CRC-WB).
Outpatients can obtain these from the laboratories' draw stations.

Patient should be off ALL antibiotics for ≥ 2 weeks before an O&P examination.

Collect 3 samples (no more than one per 48 hours) to improve the chance of a positive result.
Sample type Stool ("O&P")

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667