Test Catalog

Test ID: GIP    
Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, PCR, Feces

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Ordering Guidance

It is not recommended that the following tests be concomitantly ordered if this test is ordered:

-VIBC / Vibrio Culture, Feces

-ROTA / Rotavirus Antigen, Feces

-LADV / Adenovirus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

-GIAR / Giardia Antigen, Feces

-CRYPS / Cryptosporidium Antigen, Feces

-CYCL / Cyclospora Stain, Feces

-STL / Enteric Pathogens Culture, Feces

-CAMPC / Campylobacter Culture, Feces

-SHIGC / Shigella Culture, Feces

-SALMC / Salmonella Culture, Feces

-YERSC / Yersinia Culture, Feces

-E157C / Escherichia coli O157:H7 Culture, Feces

-STFRP / Shiga Toxin, Molecular Detection, PCR, Feces

-CDFRP / Clostridioides difficile Toxin, Molecular Detection, PCR, Feces

-LNORO / Norovirus PCR, Molecular Detection, Feces

Additional Testing Requirements

In some cases, there may be local public health requirements that impact Mayo Clinic Laboratories (MCL) clients and require additional testing on specimens with positive results from this panel. Clients should familiarize themselves with local requirements. MCL recommends clients retain an aliquot of each specimen submitted for this test to perform additional testing themselves, as needed. If necessary, see Interpretation for detailed information about how to obtain this testing.

Shipping Instructions

Specimen must arrive within 96 hours of collection. 

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

Supplies: C and S Vial (T058)

Container/Tube: Cary-Blair transport system is required.


Specific for recovery of enteric pathogens from fecal specimens (15 mL of non-nutritive transport medium containing phenol red as a pH indicator; Cary Blair media: Remel Cary Blair, Protocol Cary Blair, Para Pak C and S [modified Cary Blair]). Submit sample in original Cary Blair medium container (not an aliquot).

Specimen Volume: Representative portion of feces; 1 gram or 5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect fresh fecal specimen and submit in container with transport medium.

2. Place feces in preservative within 2 hours of collection.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-Gastroenterology and Hepatology Client Test Request (T728)

-Microbiology Test Request (T244)

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

1 mL

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

Commercial transport media other than liquid
Cary Blair (eg, ETM, Para-Pak Enteric Plus; Copan FecalSwab/ESwab)
Cary Blair gel swab
Products containing formalin
PVA fixative
EcoFix preservative
Rectal swab
Stool swab
Gel swab
Endoscopy specimen
Unpreserved stool
Frozen specimen

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
FecalAmbient (preferred)4 days
 Refrigerated 4 days