A fresh stool specimen is used for microscopic examination.
no ova or parasites are seen. When seen, they can often be visually
Stool passed into a toilet bowl is not ideal for culture as it may
contain contamination from others. It is better to pass the stool directly
into a collection jar, or a bedpan. A sample of the stool can be separated
with a tongue blade and placed into a specimen container for deliver to the
*These are general values taken from a variety of
sources. The actual normal values may vary from lab to lab and from one
type of testing protocol to another.