Test Directory

Cyclosporiasis - stool microscopy

Containers - Adult

20ml Universal Stool Container

Laboratory Site

Howden Road West
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
Telephone (Bacteriology): 01506 52 3075 OOH contact RIE

Transport arrangements

Useful in:

Suspected infection with Cyclospora cayetanensis.

Indications for testing may include: diarrhoeal illness following travel to an endemic area or area with a known outbreak, foodborne/waterbone outbreaks of diarrhoeal illness, or severe diarrhoeal illness in HIV-positive/immunocompromised patients.

Transport as soon as is practicable.

Sample storage arrangements

Processed at SJH.

If delay in transporting, store in the fridge (4-6°C)

Special instructions for collection

Up to 3 samples may be required due to intermittent excretion of this parasite.
Collect 2-3mls of liquid or solid faeces in 20ml Universal stool container. Direct patients to information leaflet 'How should I collect and store a poo (stool) sample?' on NHS.uk website https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/infections/how-should-i-collect-and-store-a-stool-faeces-sample/

How to request

Via Trak (For RIE/WGH select: "Faeces - Micro ADULT WGH/RIE only", for SJH select Faeces- Micro SJH), via request form or via GP comms. Please state request for OCP, symptoms, and travel history and suspected pathogen in the 'clinical details' field.


0900-1800 (RIE). 0900-1700 (SJH).

Anticipated turnaround

5 - 12 days, depending on clinical details.