Imperial Collage Healthcare

Faecal ova, cyst and parasite (OCP)

Clinical Indications
ONLY performed on samples submitted with relevant clinical details, e.g.:
History of foreign travel or parasitic infection
Iron deficiency/anaemia
Blood/mucus in stools
Malabsorption / steatorrhoea (very pale or grey stool)
Recurrent/prolonged diarrhoea (>2 weeks)
Excessive flatulence
Animal handler/farm worker or H/O farm visit
HIV, oncology, BMT, haematology, transplant or other immunocompromised patients

Sample Required
• Faecal sample• Whole parasite or segments • Sellotape® slide for pinworm investigation

Sample Container
Sterile universal container

Sample Collection

Sellotape slides for pinworm investigations should be taken using clear sellotape.

Apply the adhesive side of the sticky tape to the perianal region first thing in the morning.

Remove and stick the tape onto a glass slide, adhesive side down.

Ensure that the slide is fully labelled, then place it in a sterile universal container or alternatively, place in a small plastic bag which should then be placed in a padded jiffy bag.

The container containing the slide should contain full patient details including name, date of birth and NHS number. 

Sample Volume
5-10 mL

• Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight • For invasive amoebiasis, a fresh ‘hot’ sample should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible

Turnaround Time
3 days

Samples may be referred to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for further investigation.

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