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Test ID: FATF    
Fat, Feces

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Fecal

Necessary Information

Length of collection period is required.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation:

1. For 3 days prior to and during the collection period:

a. Patient should be on a fat-controlled diet (100-150 g fat per day).

b. No laxatives (particularly mineral oil and castor oil).

c. No synthetic fat substitutes (eg, Olestra) or fat-blocking nutritional supplements.

2. The use of diaper rash ointments will falsely elevate test results. Discontinue use during collection period.

3. Barium interferes with test procedure; a waiting period of 48 hours before stool collection analysis is recommended.

Supplies: Stool Containers - 24, 48, 72 Hour Kit (T291)

Container/Tube: Stool container complies with shipping requirements, do not use other containers.

Specimen Volume:

Preferred: Entire 48-, or 72-hour collection

Acceptable: Entire 24-hour or random collection

Collection Instructions:

1. All containers must be sent together.

2. The entire collection must contain at least 5 g of feces.

3. For a random collection, a minimum of 5 g (do not send entire collection) is required.

4. The number of containers sent should be indicated on the labels (1 of 4, for example).

Additional Information:

1. Patient can store sample at refrigerate temperature during collection period.

2. A separate order and collection should take place if stool bicarbonate, calcium, chloride, magnesium, osmolality, pH, potassium, sodium, or any microbiology testing is desired.

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Gastroenterology and Hepatology Client Test Request (T728) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

See Specimen Required

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Preservative, media, or charcoal Reject

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
FecalFrozen (preferred)180 days
 Refrigerated 180 days