Cryptosporidium Antigen (415)-BioHealth Kit

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.

Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Results: 10-14 Business Days
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Sample Collection: For 5 days prior to and during sample collection: Do not take mineral oils, non-absorbable anti-diarrheal preparations, bismuth, antacids, castor oil or liquid petrolatum. If you are taking any antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-malarial or anti-fungal medication, you must stop and wait 2 weeks before taking this test. If you have recently undergone any radiological exam involving barium sulfate you must wait at least 2 weeks before taking this test. Do not use bulk laxatives or enemas to assist bowel movements during the period in which you are collecting your samples. OTC glycerin rectal suppositories may be used.

Description Development of Cryptosporidium occurs rapidly, as each generation can develop and mature in as little as 12-14 hours. Due to the rapidity of the life cycle, huge numbers of organisms can colonize the intestinal tract in several days. The ileum soon becomes crowded and secondary sites are often infected, such as the duodenum and large intestine. In immune-compromised individuals, parasites can sometimes be found in the stomach, biliary and pancreatic ducts, as well as the respiratory tract. Diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal cramping are clinical signs of the disease. Chronic Crypto infection is a major stressor on the body and can lead to dangerous disease conditions.