Test Details



Ordering Code


CPT-4 Code(s)

87209, 87177

Specimen Information

Patient Preparation

Interfering substances: Bismuth, Barium (wait 7 - 10 days), Antimicrobial agents (wait 2 weeks), Gallbladder dye (wait 3 weeks after procedure)



Specimen Preparation

Place 10.0 g or 10.0 mL stool in a Total-Fix® vial within 30 minutes of collection.

Alternate Specimen

Para-Pak SVT transport vial. Stool preserved in 10% formalin and polyvinyl alcohol transport.
Send 25.0 mL urine in sterile screw capped container.
Note: Urine maybe submitted unpreserved for exam for Schistosoma. Collect at mid-day. Peak
egg secretion occurs between noon and 3 pm. DO NOT SUBMIT FIRST MORNING SPECIMEN. In
patients with hematuria, eggs may be found in last voided portion of urine specimens.
Send 10.0 mL sputum in a sterile screw capped container or with 10% formalin. Specimen should be a deep expectorated sputum preferably collected in early morning. 24-hour sputum collection is also acceptable.

Minimum Volume

Stool: 5.0 g or 5.0 mL
Urine: 10.0 mL
Sputum or BAL: 2.0 mL

Transport Temperature

Stool, sputum, and BAL (preserved): Room temperature
Urine, sputum, and BAL (unpreserved): Refrigerated

Rejection Criteria

Unpreserved stool. Specimens containing barium. Stool preserved in medium other than parasitology fixative. Specimens received frozen. Stool submitted in expired transport vial. Preserved urine. Unpreserved sputum and urine received room temperature or frozen. Liver abscess or aspirate. ECOFIX® transport vials.


Stool (preserved)
Room temperature: 6 months
Refrigerated: 6 months
Frozen: Unacceptable

Urine, Sputum, BAL (unpreserved)
Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 48 hours
Frozen: Unacceptable

Sputum, BAL (preserved)
Room temperature: 6 months
Refrigerated: Unacceptable
Frozen: Unacceptable


Microscopic Examination of Concentrate, Permanent Stained Smear

Reference Range

No ova and parasites seen

Performing Laboratory

Quest SJC

New York DOH Approval Status