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Important Note

If physician specifies Fecal Immunochemical Test, see Fecal Occult Blood, Colorectal Cancer Screen, Qualitative, Immunochemical.

If physician wants Occult Blood Gastric, order LAB 696.

Additional Codes

Medicare CPT Code: 82270

Non-Medicare CPT Code: 82272


Performing Laboratory

Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation

1. Patient should avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for 7 days prior to test.

2. Whenever practical, patient should be placed on a meat-free, high-residue diet for 3 days prior to test and during specimen collection.

3. For 3 days prior to testing, patient is to avoid vitamin C in excess of 250 mg/day.

4. Specimen must arrive within 12 hours of collection.


Submit stool specimen on Hemoccult slide. After collection, apply a thin smear of stool onto windows inside test slide. If Hemoccult slide is not available, collect specimen in a screw-capped, sterile container. (Improperly labeled specimen, specimen submitted in leaky container, Hemoccult slide received >14 days of collection, specimen submitted on expired Hemoccult slide, or stool specimen received >12 hours of collection is not acceptable.) Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

2. Hemoccult slide is stable for up to 14 days.

Reference Values