This test is used to look for parasitic organisms or ova (eggs) in a stool sample. The most common cause of parasitic infection in through consuming contaminated food or water. Common symptom of parasites in the lower digestive tract include prolonged diarrhea, blood or mucus in stool, nausea and abdominal pain.
The Ova and Parasite test can help to aid in the diagnosis of parasitic infection when a person is experiencing symptoms of infection or monitor treatment. This test is often ordered with a Stool Culture for a more thorough analysis.
This test will not detect Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora Cayetanensis, or Microsporidium.
It is important to note that one negative result does not rule out the possibility of parasitic infection. Repeat testing may be necessary for the most accurate results.
This test typically sees results in 3-5 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Customers ordering the OVA and Parasites Test should go to the lab to obtain a proper specimen container prior to collection and review collection technique to avoid specimen rejection. Fecal specimens for parasitic examination should be collected before initiation of antidiarrheal therapy or antiparasitic therapy.
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