Ova & Parasite Stool Test
Ova & Parasite Stool Test FAQ
Why get the Ova Parasite Stool Test?
What type of parasites will the Ova Parasite Stool Test look for?
What type of specimen will I submit?
Do I need to fast to take this test?
How long does it take to get test results?
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The ova & parasite stool test checks the stool for ova and parasites such as ameoba (amoebiasis) and Coccidia (Isospora).
The presence of an ova / parasite in the gastrointestinal tract can cause a variety of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Ova and parasite infections typically occur after eating contaminated food and water, particularly while traveling in foreign countries. While some parasites lead to acute symptoms that require immediate treatment, other types of ova and parasites cause subtle, chronic symptoms that can be undiagnosed for long periods of time.
This parasite stool test requires 10 grams of fresh stool which can be provided at the Quest Diagnostics lab. There are some preparation recommendations to get the most accurate results on this ova and parasite test. It is recommended that you avoid bismuth, barium (wait 10 days), antimicrobial agents (wait 14 days), and gallbladder dye (wait three weeks).
Interpreting the results for this ova and parasite stool test is not difficult. Please refer to the parasite stool test sample report link provided above. As can be seen on the sample report, if no ova and parasites are seen in the stool, the stool parasite report will say so. If specific ova or parasites are seen, that will be indicated on the report. People who are concerned about ongoing symptoms might consider getting a 3 sample ova and parasite test for a greater likelihood of finding an ova or parasite.
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