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Test Code PCR Stl GI Diar Rapid Stool GI IBD Bloody Diarrhea PCR

Important Note

This orderable is only available to providers through appropriate PowerPlans.

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

Rapid Stl GI IBD Bloody Diarrhea PCR Pnl


Stool testing

Stool PCR

Rapid Stool PCR

Stool Infectious Testing



Ova and Parasite

C diff

Clostridium difficile


Stool EIA

Stool Culture





This rapid qualitative PCR test is appropriate for diagnosis of the infectious agents that are likely to be associated with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD):


Agents included in this testing:

Campylobacter (jejuni, coli, and upsaliensis)

Clostridium difficile (toxin A/B)


Yersinia enterocolitica

Shiga-like toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) stx1/stx2

E. coli O157


Vibrio parahaemolyticus, vulnificus, and cholerae

Entamoeba histolytica

Giardia lamblia


This test is NOT appropriate for test of cure. Following treatment, the patient can be re-tested by submitting stool for culture (C STOOL), or appropriate EIA Stl Protozoa orderable.


This test should not be ordered more than ONCE per episode of diarrhea (at least 1 week between collections).



Sample Requirements

Specimen: Liquid or unformed stool collected in a clean leak-proof container is the optimal sample type. Rectal swabs are not optimal. In rare situations, exceptions may be made by contacting the Microbiology Lab 7-2585. Swab samples should be inserted at a distance sufficient to have visible stool on the swab (usually requires insertion of swab several centimeters into the rectum). Use the white capped E Swab System for collection. Stool received in a diaper is not acceptable.


Container: Clean leak-proof container


Preferred volume: 1 gram or ml


Minimum volume: 0.5 gram or ml


Processing Instructions

CPA: Send stool to Microbiology ASAP. If sample is shared and only one tube, syringe, or other container is received, affix shared sample label and send entire sample plus requisition to Microbiology. Please call Microbiology with sample related questions.


Off-Site Locations: This testing is only performed at SCH Microbiology. For satellite locations, the sample should be refrigerated prior to and during transport to the SCH Micro lab. Refer to stability requirements.


Specimen Temp Time
Fresh Stool Room Temp 2 hour
  Refrigerated ≤ 24 hours
  Frozen 4 days



Procedure Performed

Turn Around Tim (TAT)

Stool PCR 24/7 2 hours


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory




Multiplex PCR

CPT Code


Reference Ranges



Note: Stool samples that are positive for the following bacterial pathogens will be cultured at no additional charge (for epidemiology and possible susceptibility testing):



E coli O157


Vibrio parahaemolyticus, vulnificus, and cholerae

Notifiable Conditions

The following are notifiable conditions under Wa State Law:

Campylobacter, Shiga toxin producing E coli (including but not limited to EC O157), Giardia, Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia.


See Link below for Notifiable Conditions for WA state labs:


See Link below for PDF of phone numbers for Local Health jurisdictions (by County) in WA State: