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Laboratory Test Reference Guide

Laboratory Information

Test Name

Parasites (Faecal)


Ova cysts and parasites.

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

Routine faecal analysis includes examination for Giardia and Cryptosporidium – parasite concentration is only necessary when parasites other than Giardia and Cryptosporidium are suspected. Unless the patient has a history of overseas travel, recent immigration, eosinophilia and a history of >14 days diarrhoea,or is immunocompromised, parasite examination will be limited to Giardia/Cryptosporidium only

Adult Specimen

Three fresh faecal specimens collected on separate days over a ten day period. Each sample must be delivered to the laboratory on the day of collect.

Test Information



Test Availability

Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1630 excl. Public Holidays

Laboratory Turnaround Time

2 - 3 days Monday – Friday


Send away test

Additional Information

Parasites (OCP) only

Referred Out

Sent to Pathlab Hamilton

Minimum Volume

Grape or walnut size sample.