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Faecal MC & S

Alternate Names
Stool mcs, faeces mcs, threadworm, strongyloides, Faecal mcs
Ordering Information

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

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

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:  9496 5295.

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

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. 

Faecal Pot (Brown topped)
Additional Collection Instructions

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

Minimum Adult Volume
Minimum Paediatric Volume

Haemorrhagic Colitis is caused by enterohaemorrhagic E. coli - call Microbiology for assistance in testing for this condition

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Container ID
Storage Instructions
Store at 4°C
Transport Instructions
Transport at 4°C
Laboratory Notes

Liquid specimens from immunocompromised patients (eg HIV) will also be processed for cryptosporidium