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Test Code M69 Giardia, Bile or Gastric

Additional Codes

ALAB: GIARGAS

PowerChart: Smear Giardia Gastric Bile

 

Specimen Requirement

Gastric/Bile aspirate material is collected in a disposable mucus trap.

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Gastric/Bile aspirate material is collected in a disposable mucus trap following intubation through the nose and stomach into the upper small intestine. Submit the specimen unfixed to the laboratory. If the specimen cannot be examined within 1 hour it is fixed with 10% formalin using a 1:3 dilution of specimen to fixative.

Useful For

Detection of parasites in clinical specimens.

Performance

Typically completed within 24 hours after the specimen arrives at the testing site.

CPT Code Information

87210 Identification of Organism from Primary Source and Sensitivity Studies; special stain for inclusion bodies or parasites

87015 Concentration, for infectious agents

Test Method

Direct Wet Prep; Microscopy

Reference Values

No parasites seen.

Positive results are called to the nurse's station or physician office.