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FECAL (STOOL) OCCULT BLOOD TEST

 
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Description
 

CPT Code(s)

82274

Methodology

Immunochromatography

Limitations

No interference from foods or drugs that interfere with guaiac-based tests. Detects blood only from lower gastrointestinal tract. May be positive up to three days prior and until three days after menses and if hemorrhoids are present. Should not be used if toilet contains rust or salt water. Toilet freshener should be removed and toilet flushed prior to sample collection.

Clinical Significance

The fecal occult blood test is an immunochromatographic fecal occult blood test that qualitatively detects human hemoglobin from blood in fecal samples. This is a useful screening aid for detecting primarily lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) disorders that may be related to iron deficiency anemia, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, polyps, adenomas, colorectal cancers or other G.I. lesions that can bleed. It is recommended for use by health professionals as part of routine physical examinations and in screening for colorectal cancer or other sources of lower G.I. bleeding.

Alternative Name(s)

Stool Hemoglobin, InSureĀ®, Stool Blood, FOBT, Occult Blood


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