Lactoferrin is a marker for fecal leukocytes and a positive result is an indicator of intestinal inflammation. This elevation may be caused by acute infectious colitis or active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The test may not be appropriate in immunocompromised persons. In addition, this test is not FDA cleared for patients with a history of HIV and/or Hepatitis B and C, patients with a history of infectious diarrhea (within 6 months), and patients having had a colostomy and/or ileostomy within 1 month.
Collect undiluted feces in clean, dry, sterile, leak- proof container.
Do not add fixative or preservative. Patients may collect stool and
hold at room temperature until it can be properly frozen. The time
held at room temperature must not exceed 48 hours from time of
collection. Specimens can be delivered to Patient Service Center
(PSC) or Physician's office for freezing and delivery to the
laboratory. Once Specimen has been frozen, do not thaw.
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Transport Container: Plastic screw-cap container
Transport Temperature: Frozen
Reject Criteria: Specimen received in transport media