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Test Code OCCB Occult Blood, Stool

Performing Laboratory

Huntsville Hospital/ Madison Hospital



Specimen Requirements

Due to testing sensitivity, normal testing frequency is 1 per day. Notify the Laboratory if duplicate testing is clinically necessary.


Fresh specimen must arrive within 1 hour of collection. Specimen submitted using a collection kit must arrive within 30 days.

Submit stool specimen in a clean, leakproof container. Collect specimen as follows:
1. Lift toilet seat, and cover toilet bowl with a large sheet of plastic wrap. Make a depression in plastic wrap. With toilet seat lowered, pass stool specimen directly onto plastic wrap. (Rectal swab is not acceptable.)
2. Alternatively, collect stool specimen in a clean, dry, wide-mouth container. Do not use toilet paper to collect specimen. Do not remove specimen from toilet water.
3. Specimen may also be submitted using a collection kit supplied. Follow instructions accompanying the kit for collection procedure. Only a small amount of specimen is used in test area.

4. Label container with patient’s information, date and actual time of collection, and type of specimen.

5. Forward specimen promptly.
Note:  1. Specimens should not be collected if hematuria or obvious rectal bleeding, such as from hemorrhoids, is present.
2. Premenopausal women should not collect specimens during or in first 3 days after a menstrual period.
3. Maximum storage for fresh specimens is 24 hours refrigerated. Maximum storage for slides collected by patients using kit is 30 days at ambient temperature.

Reference Values


Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

CPT Coding


LOINC Coding

Test Name LOINC Code

Occult Blood, Stool

Specimen 66746-9