Quotation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP): "The Ova and Parasite Examination is no longer considered a test for parasitic diarrhea but for unusual syndromes in travelers and immigrants.
New technology replaces old methods, so why do we continue to offer the routine ova and parasite examination for the diagnosis of parasitic diarrhea?
Veteran techs all have horror stories about ova and parasite examinations (O&Ps), many (considering the subject "matter" involved) are unprintable.
patients with prolonged diarrhea), clinicians should order both routine ova and parasite examination
and specific testing for Cyclospora and Cryptosporidium.
As a point of comparison, the ova and parasite examination ($34 per test) must typically be done three or more times to document infection.
Ova and parasite examination would very likely be negative in these situations as well.
Moreover, if the patients with negative ova and parasite examination had not been tested with the more sensitive immunoassay, the expenses for further evaluation would likely have been higher.
An ova and parasite examination of the stool does not diagnosis infection with T.
One had active infection with the adult tapeworm diagnosed by ova and parasite examination of the stool, and another was seropositive for cysticercosis.
Q We have identified Blastocystis hominis in stool specimens submitted for routine ova and parasite examination
and have only found the cyst stage.
Clinical importance of adequately performed stool ova and parasite examinations
Cryptosporidium oocysts are too small to be identified on routine stool ova and parasite examinations