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PARASITES, MICROSPORIDIA

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code MSPD (non-stool), MSPS (stool)
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology) and REFLAB
Sendout? no
Price range $
In House Availability Mon. - Fri.
Principle Microsporidia are small, unicellular, obligate, intracellular parasites that infect humans, particularly immuno-compromised hosts. Microsporidia are not detected on routine ova and parasite exams. Indicate on Microbiology requisition that exam for Microsporidia is desired. A modified trichrome stain is performed on stool specimens. For non-stool specimens, a Giemsa or Gram stain may be performed.
Container type Parasitology SAF Fixative Collection vial for stool samples. Sterile screw cap containers for non-stool specimens such as urine or respiratory secretions.
Collection Instructions Collect stool specimens using the Parasitology SAF Fixative Collection Kit, available from Clinical Laboratory Support Services (206-8199). Follow instructions which accompany each kit. Submit stool in SAF vial (white cap). Only 1 specimen per 24 hour time period will be accepted and tested for each patient.
Sample type Stool. Other specimens such as urine, respiratory secretions, conjunctival scrapings and other body sites, may also be examined for Microsporidia.
Special instructions Contact the Parasitology Laboratory (206-8576) or the Laboratory Medicine Resident in Microbiology (pager 415-443-1438) regarding the procedure for collection and handling of non-stool specimens.
Synonyms Intestinal Parasites
Stability Store stool in SAF at room temperature and non-stool specimens at 4°C.
References Garcia, LS, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, ASM Press, 5th Ed., Washington, DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87207
Last Updated 4/30/2011 10:38:46 AM
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