pH, Feces, Qualitative - Special Handling

Sunquest Code:SPH  
Epic Code:LAB109Epic Name:PH STOOL
Synonyms:Stool pH
Methodology:pH indicator strip
Test Includes:
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Specimen should be frozen if testing cannot be completed within 1 hour of collection.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:3 mL liquid specimen or pea-sized solid specimen
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Usually this test is requested on a liquid specimen.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in freezer.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on dry ice.
Stability:Specimen should be frozen if testing cannot be completed within one hour of collection. Information for this test is not published in the Outreach handbook. Refer to Reducing Substances and pH, Qualitative, Feces.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Urinalysis  (UMMC-West Bank)


Reference Range:

Normal diet

neutral to slightly alkaline (pH 7.0-7.5)

Breast fed infants

slightly acid

Bottle fed infants

neutral to slightly alkaline



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