Stool ova and parasites exam

Definition

Stool ova and parasites exam is a lab test to look for parasites or eggs (ova) in a stool sample. The parasites are associated with intestinal infections.

How the Test is Performed

A stool sample is needed.

There are many ways to collect the sample. You can collect the sample:

Do not mix urine, water, or toilet tissue with the sample.

For children wearing diapers:

Return the sample to your provider's office or lab as directed. At the lab, a small smear of stool is placed on a microscope slide and examined.

How the Test will Feel

The laboratory test does not involve you. There is no discomfort.

Why the Test is Performed

Your provider may order this test if you have signs of parasites, diarrhea that does not go away, or other intestinal symptoms.

Normal Results

There are no parasites or eggs in the stool sample.

Talk to your provider about the meaning of your test results.

What Abnormal Results Mean

An abnormal result means parasites or eggs are present in the stool. This is a sign of a parasitic infection, such as:

Risks

There are no risks.


Review Date: 4/15/2018
Reviewed By: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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