Culture, PCR + Parasitology - 1 Day

Test Details

Lab Company: Doctor's Data
Sample Type: Stool
Collection Location:  At Home

The Culture, PCR + Parasitology test identifies imbalances in intestinal microflora. The test collection kit will contain materials for a 3-day collection. YOU ONLY NEED TO COLLECT ONE DAY, following the directions below.

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

Key Details 

  • The test collection kit will contain materials for a 3-day collection. YOU ONLY NEED TO COLLECT ONE DAY, following the directions below.
  • Wait at least 4 weeks from your last colonoscopy or barium enema.
  • You must discontinue certain medications before testing. 
  • Do not collect while menstruating or actively bleeding from hemorrhoids.
  • Ship samples as soon as possible after collection.
    • Do NOT leave your samples in a FedEx drop box.

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Preparation & Timing

  • Wait at least 4 weeks after a colonoscopy or barium enema before collecting your samples.
  • Do not collect while menstruating.
  • Do not collect while actively bleeding from hemorrhoids.
  • Avoid the following medications for 2 weeks prior to collection
    • Antibiotics
    • Antiparasitics
    • Antifungals
    • Probiotic supplements
    • Proton pump inhibitors
    • Bismuth
    • Consult your healthcare provider prior to discontinuing any prescription medications.
  • Avoid the following medications for 2 days prior to collection:
    • Aspirin
    • NSAIDs
    • Digestive enzymes
    • Laxatives
    • Mineral oil
    • Castor oil
    • Glycerin enemas/suppositories
    • Activated charcoal
    • Betaine HCl
    • Antacids
    • Bentonite clay
    • Consult your healthcare provider prior to discontinuing any prescription medications.

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Collection Instructions

  1. You will use the contents from the Day 3 bag.
  2. Write the patient's name, date of birth, and the date of collection on the sample vial.
  3. Urinate prior to collection.
  4. Collect stool in the supplied collection container.
    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.
  5. Put on the glove.
  6. Remove the cap from the BLACK vial.
    1. Do NOT remove or touch the preservative.
  7. Use the attached spoon to transfer some stool into the vial.
    1. Collect from different areas of the sample.
  8. Add enough stool until the liquid reaches the FILL LINE. 
    1. Do NOT overfill.
  9. Screw the cap on tightly.
  10. Shake the BLACK vial vigorously for 30 seconds
  11. Remove the cap from the YELLOW vial.
    1. Do NOT remove or touch the preservative.
  12. Use the attached spoon to transfer some stool into the vial.
    1. Collect from different areas of the sample.
  13. Add enough stool until the liquid reaches the FILL LINE. 
    1. Do NOT overfill.
  14. Screw the cap on tightly.
  15. Shake the YELLOW vial vigorously for 30 seconds
  16. Place the BLACK and YELLOW vials into the Day 3 bag.
  17. Refrigerate the BLACK and YELLOW vials in the bag prior to shipping. 
    1. Do NOT freeze.

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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.

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Shipping

  • Ship as soon as possible after collection.
    • Leave the BLACK and YELLOW top vials in the refrigerator until ready to ship.
  • To prepare samples for shipping,
    • Remove the BLACK and YELLOW vials from the refrigerator. 
    • Place the Day 3 collection bag in the test kit box.
    • Place the unused Day 1 and Day 2 collection bags in the test kit box.
    • Place the completed test requisition form into the test kit box and close.
    • Place the test kit box in the provided, prepaid FedEx Clinical Pak mailer.
  • Make a note of the tracking number so that you can track the samples back to the lab. 
  • Ship via FedEx.
    • To schedule a FedEx pickup, call 1-800-463-3339
      • When the automated greeting begins, say, “Schedule a pickup.”
      • When asked if your label has the word “Stamp” on it, say, “Yes.”
      • Let them know you are shipping using a Billable Stamp.
      • Your tracking number can be found on the Return Label.
    • Do NOT place your samples in a FedEx drop box.

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Results

  • Results should be released to your provider 3-8 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 Doctor's Data by calling 800-323-2784 or emailing customer service at info@doctorsdata.com