pH, Feces, Qualitative - Special Handling

Abbrev Code:SPH   
Order Code:LAB109Order Name:PH STOOL
Synonyms:Stool pH
Methodology:pH indicator strip
CPT Codes: 83986 x1
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:5 mL liquid specimen or solid specimen
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 mL liquid or pea-sized solid specimen
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Usually this test is requested on a liquid specimen.
Contraindications:Barium procedures and laxatives should be avoided for one week prior to collection of 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. 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 acidic
Bottle fed infants neutral to slightly alkaline

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