Fat, Feces, Qualitative, Random Collection

Abbrev Code:SFAT   
Order Code:LAB390Order Name:Fat Stool Qualitative, Random
Synonyms:Fecal Fat, Qualitative; Fatty Acid, Stool; Fecal Fat Stain
CPT Codes: 82705 x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to the reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 3 days.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Feces, random collection
Optimal Volume:5 gram
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 gram
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile for INPATIENT COLLECTION ONLY
Patient Preparation:No use of mineral oils, barium, creams applied to perineum (e.g., baby lotions).
Causes for Rejection:Specimen in media or preservatives. Diapers.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in freezer.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on dry ice.
Stability:1 hour at room temperature; 2 weeks refrigerated or frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:20385


Reference Range:Normal. Neutral fats include the monoglycerides, diglycerides and triglycerides while split fats are the free fatty acids that are liberated from them. Impaired synthesis or secretion of pancreatic enzymes or bile may cause an increase in neutral fats while an increase in split fats suggests impaired absorption of nutrients.

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