GI Pathogen Panel, PCR, Feces - Research Only

Abbrev Code:GI PATHOGEN   
Order Code:LAB705  
Order Instructions:Order on specimens submitted by Rebiotix only.
Synonyms:Stool Pathogens; Shiga Toxin 1 & 2; Salmonella; Shigella; Campylobacter; Yersinia enterocolitica; Vibrio; Norovirus and Rotavirus; Stool Culture; Fecal; Feces; SSCE; EPASS
Methodology:Multiplex qualitative PCR
CPT Codes: 87507 x1
Test Includes:Salmonella, Shigella and Campylobacter, C. difficile Toxins A/B, Plesiomonas, Toxigenic E. coli, Shiga Toxin 1 & 2, Yersinia enterocolitica, Vibrio Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora cayetanesis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lambia, Adenovirus, Astrovirus, Sapovirus, Norovirus and Rotavirus.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 24 hours.
Special Instructions:This testing is specifically for Rebiotix and U of MN researcher samples who have prior approval. The test will not be used for routine enteric pathogen testing on inpatients or clinic patients. Rebiotix needs this panel for the detection of certain E. coli strains - an updated requirement per the FDA.
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IDDL Stool Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:3 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Cary Blair Transport Media or C&S (Fecal swab for low volume stools only)
Collection Instructions:Feces: Collect in clean, dry bed pan or onto a newspaper placed over toilet seat. Those portions of stool containing blood, pus or mucus are especially significant. Immediately place specimen in Cary-Blair transport media (Para-Pak C&S); place at 2-8ºC until transport to the lab. Sample must be placed in Cary-Blair within 2 hours of collection.
Causes for Rejection:Commercial transport media other than liquid Cary-Blair (e.g. ETM, Para-Pak Enteric Plus), Cary-Blair swabs, products containing formalin, SAF, PVA fixative, EcoFix preservative, rectal swabs, gel swabs, endoscopy specimens.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Sample must be placed in Cary-Blair within 2 hours of collection. Preserved specimens must arrive in IDDL (performing laboratory) within 96 hours of collection. Store specimens at refrigerated temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship specimens at refrigerated temperature. Must arrive within 96 hours.
Stability:Preserved specimen must be received in the testing laboratory within 96 hours of collection.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:Negative for all targets.
Limitations:The presence of blood or mucus in the sample may interfere with testing.
Cary-Blair media used for dilution and processing of clinical stools, is screened by manufacturers for viable organisms but may not be specifically tested for microbial nucleic acids. The presence of nucleic acids at levels that can be detected by the FilmArray GI Panel may lead to false positive test results.
Use:The FilmArray Gastrointestinal (GI) Panel is a qualitative, multiplexed, nucleic acid-based in vitro diagnostic test capable of the simultaneous detection and identification of nucleic acids from multiple bacteria, viruses, and parasites directly from stool samples in Cary-Blair transport media.

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