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Faecal MCS (Faeces)

Alternate Names
Stool mcs, faeces mcs, threadworm, strongyloides, Faecal mc&s, Culture Faeces
Test Code
Testing Laboratory
Specimen Type


Container Type

Faecal Pot (Brown Top)

Medicare Rebate


Out of Pocket Costs
Ordering Information

Community associated diarrhoea or in hospital < 3 days: Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Enteroinvasive E.coli and Shigatoxin E.coli. Detection of less common pathogens e.g. Vibrio sp, is not routinely performed. If required, please provide relevant notes including risk factors.

Hospital or antibiotic associated diarrhoea in hospital > 3 days: Clostridium difficile etc. Please provide relevant clinical notes and when diarrhoea began.

If Parasites are required Clinical Notes must include travel history +/or chronic diarrhoea +/or weight loss +/or eosinophilia from FBE +/or overseas adoption +/or past history of parasitic infection for parasite testing to be performed.

Rotavirus and Adenovirus Antigen tests are performed on faeces from children < 5 years. If Rotavirus or Adenovirus are suspected in immunosuppressed patients, please consult Microbiology, ph: 03 9496 5295.

When the index of suspicion is high and when the organisms are not found in stool, duodenal contents should be examined. Strongyloides serology should also be performed. 

For Strongyloides Culture, please see test specific info here.

Haemorrhagic Colitis is caused by enterohaemorrhagic E. coli - call Microbiology (03 9496 5295) for assistance in testing for this condition

Collection Instructions

Collect minimum 10 - 20 grams (approximately 20 mL) faecal material (~1/3 full in container). Should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible after collection, ideally within 4 hours.

Transport Instructions
Transport ambient at room temperature
Storage Instructions
Store refrigerated at 4°C
Testing Frequency
Min Test Volume
Add On Test Suitability

This test can be added up to 5 days from collection.

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