Stool ova and parasites exam is a lab test to look for parasites or eggs (ova) in a stool sample. The parasites are associated with intestinal infections.
A stool sample is needed.
There are many ways to collect the sample.
Do not mix urine, water, or toilet tissue with the sample.
For children wearing diapers:
Return the sample to your health care provider's office or laboratory as directed. At the lab, a small smear of stool is placed on a microscope slide and examined.
The laboratory test does not involve you. There is no discomfort.
Your health care provider may order this test if you have signs of parasites, diarrhea that does not go away, or other intestinal symptoms.
There are no parasites or eggs in the stool sample.
Talk to your health care provider about the meaning of your specific test results.
An abnormal result means parasites or eggs are present in the stool. This is a sign of a parasitic infection, such as:
There are no risks.
Parasites and stool ova exam
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Updated by: Jenifer K. Lehrer, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Frankford-Torresdale Hospital, Aria Health System, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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