Test Catalog

Test ID: CYCL    
Cyclospora Stain

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

For other diagnostic tests that may be of value in evaluating patients with diarrhea; the following algorithms are available in Special Instructions:

-Laboratory Testing for Infectious Causes of Diarrhea

-Parasitic Investigation of Stool Specimens Algorithm

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


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

Patient Preparation: Patient should avoid use of antidiarrheal medication (ie, loperamide or Pepto-Bismol).

The presence of barium will interfere with this test.



ECOFIX Stool Transport Vial (Kit) (T219)

Formalin-Meridian 10% Buffered Neutral (T466)

Stool container, Small (Random), 4 oz (T288)

Sodium Acetate Formalin (SAF)

Stool Collection Kit, Random (T635)


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:



Specimen Type: Preserved stool

Preferred: ECOFIX Stool Transport Vial (Kit) (T219)

Acceptable: 10% Buffered Formalin Stool Transport (Kit) (T466), Sodium Acetate Formalin (SAF)

Specimen Volume: 10 g

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient (preferred)/Refrigerated


Specimen Type: Unpreserved stool

Container/Tube: Stool container (T288)

Specimen Volume: 5 g

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated 3 days (preferred)/Frozen

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:

-Microbiology Test Request (T244)

-Gastroenterology and Hepatology Client Test Request (T728)

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

Preserved stool: 1 g
Unpreserved stool: 2 g

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









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 TypeTemperatureTime