Comprehensive Stool Analysis

Test Details

Lab Company: The Great Plains Laboratory
Sample Type: Stool
Collection Location: At Home

The Comprehensive Stool Analysis detects pathogens in the gastrointestinal system that can contribute to a variety of diseases. It also analyzes immune function, inflammation, and overall gastrointestinal health.

🔑 Key Details 📦 Shipping
Preparation & Timing 📊 Results
🧪 Collection Instructions 📚 More Resources
💳 Requisition & Payment
💬 Questions?

Key Details 

  • You will collect samples on two separate days (at least 12 hours apart). 
    • Ship within 7 days of the first collection.
  • You must avoid certain foods and medications for 48 hours prior to sample collection. 
  • Ship your samples Monday - Wednesday only. 
  • DO NOT fill out any information on the gplforms.com website.

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Preparation & Timing

  • You will collect samples on two separate days. 
    • Samples must be collected at least 12 hours apart.
    • Samples must be shipped within 7 days of the first collection.
  • Avoid the following foods and medications for 48 hours prior to collection.
    • Digestive enzymes
    • Antacids
    • Iron supplements
    • Vitamin C over 250 mg
    • Aspirin
    • Anti-inflammatories
    • Large amounts of meat
  • If you have trouble producing stool, you can use one of the following laxatives 24 hours prior to sample collection. 
    • Oral phosphate soda laxatives, such as Fleet
    • Magnesium citrate
    • Psyllium fiber
    • Enemas using distilled water only
  • DO NOT use suppositories or mineral oil prior to sample collection. 

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Collection Instructions

Day 1

  1. Write the patient's name, the date of collection, and the time of collection on the following vials.
    1. WHITE-top vial
    2. 1 BLACK-top vial 
    3. Do not write on the "ID number" line. 
  2. Urinate prior to collection. 
  3. Collect stool in the collection tray. 
    1. Do not contaminate the stool with urine or water.
    2. It may help to put plastic wrap over the toilet and then place the collection container on top of the plastic. You could also collect your sample on the plastic wrap.
  4. Open the WHITE-top vial.
  5. Use the attached spoon to transfer stool to the vial. 
    1. Use only the spoon attached to the WHITE-top vial. 
    2. Collect samples from several different areas of the stool specimen. 
    3. Fill at least 3/4 full. 
  6. Tightly seal the vial.
  7. Place the WHITE-top vial and the provided gel pack into the freezer. 
  8. Open the BLACK-top vial. 
    1. DO NOT touch or discard the preservative in the vial. 
  9. Use the attached spoon to transfer stool into the vial.
    1. Use only the spoon attached to the BLACK-top vial. 
    2. Collect samples from several different areas of the stool specimen.
    3. Fill to the fill line. 
  10. Tightly seal the vial.
  11. Shake the BLACK-top vial vigorously for about 30 seconds. 
  12. Store the BLACK-top vial at room temperature.
    1. DO NOT freeze this vial. 

Day 2

  1. Write the patient's name, the date of collection, and the time of collection on the following vials.
    1. YELLOW-top vial
    2. 1 BLACK-top vial 
    3. Do not write on the "ID number" line. 
  2. Urinate prior to collection. 
  3. Collect stool in the collection tray. 
    1. Do not contaminate the stool with urine or water.
    2. It may help to put plastic wrap over the toilet and then place the collection container on top of the plastic. You could also collect your sample on the plastic wrap.
  4. Open the YELLOW-top vial.
    1. DO NOT touch or discard the preservative in the vial.
  5. Use the attached spoon to transfer stool into the vial.
    1. Use only the spoon attached to the YELLOW-top vial.
    2. Collect samples from several different areas of the stool specimen.
    3. Fill to the fill line.
  6. Tightly seal the vial.
  7. Shake the YELLOW-top vial vigorously for about 30 seconds. 
  8. Store the YELLOW-top vial at room temperature.
    1. DO NOT freeze this vial. 
  9. Open the BLACK-top vial. 
    1. DO NOT touch or discard the preservative in the vial. 
  10. Use the attached spoon to transfer stool into the vial.
    1. Use only the spoon attached to the BLACK-top vial. 
    2. Collect samples from several different areas of the stool specimen.
    3. Fill to the fill line. 
  11. Tightly seal the vial.
  12. Shake the BLACK-top vial vigorously for about 30 seconds. 
  13. Store the BLACK-top vial at room temperature.
    1. DO NOT freeze this vial. 

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Requisition & Payment

  • Your kit has been prepaid. You DO NOT need to pay anything extra.
  • Instructions on how to fill out your requisition can be found HERE.
    • Since you pre-paid for your tests, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.
    • DO NOT fill out any information on the gplforms.com website.

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Shipping

  • Ship your samples Monday - Wednesday only. 
    • Samples should be shipped within 7 days of the first collection.
  • To prepare your samples for shipping, 
    • Place the WHITE-top vial and frozen gel pack into the bubble wrap envelope.
    • Place the bubble wrap envelope into the cardboard box.
    • Place the YELLOW-top vial into the biohazard zip-lock bag.
    • Place both BLACK-top vials into the biohazard zip-lock bag.
    • Place the absorbent packing sheet into the biohazard zip-lock bag and seal it.
    • Place the completed test requisition form into the outside pocket of the biohazard zip-lock bag.
    • Place the biohazard bag into the cardboard box.
    • Seal the cardboard box.
    • Place the cardboard box into the UPS Laboratory Pak. 
    • Seal the UPS Laboratory Pak.
  • Make a note of your tracking number (found on the Return Label) so that you can track your sample back to the lab.
  • Ship using UPS. 
    • You can take your samples to the nearest UPS location.
    • DO NOT place your samples in a UPS drop box. 
    • You can also schedule a UPS pickup by calling 1 (800) 742-5877.

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Results

  • Results should be released to your provider 7-21 business days after samples are received at the lab. We cannot guarantee processing time. 
  • Your provider will notify you when your results are in and schedule a follow-up appointment for you to review them together. 
  • Your provider may choose to release your results to you. Rupa cannot release your results without provider authorization.

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More Resources

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Questions?

For general questions, email Rupa Health at support@rupahealth.com. For test-specific questions, contact The Great Plains Laboratory by calling 1-800-288-0383 or chatting with support