Specimen Requirements

Title

FAT, FECAL (QUALATATIVE)

Specimen Requirement

1.0 mL refrigerated random stool. Patient should be on diet of at least 60 gm of fat. Patient should not use suppositories or mineral oil before the specimen is collected. Oily material, e.g. creams, lubricants, etc., should be avoided prior to collection of the specimen.

Methodology

Light Microscopy

Stability

Ambient: 7 days; Refrigerate: 14 days; Frozen: 2 months

Reference Range

Normal

Turnaround

2-3 days.

Clinical Use

Qualitative assessment of fat malabsorption (steattorhea).

Test Code

1487