Stool (faecal) sample

CALPROTECTIN TEST

When taking the sample, please note the following:

  • Use a special sample container with a spoon to collect the sample. You can get it from the laboratory or buy it from the pharmacy.
  • Do not use any other sample containers found in your home.

Procedure for collecting the sample:

  1. Collect the stool (faeces) onto a clean disposable plate. NB! Make sure the sample does not come into contact with urine, toilet flush water or chemicals for cleaning the toilet.  
  2. Take one spoonful of fresh stool from different parts of the stool portion.
  3. Place the spoon alongside with the stool sample into the sample container.
  4. Close the sample container carefully.
  5. Write your name, date and time of collecting the sample onto the side of the container.
  6. Take the sample into the laboratory as soon as you can, but no later than 24 hours after collecting the sample.

Storage: Until transporting it to the laboratory, store the sample in the fridge at +2…+8 °C.

 

FAECAL OCCULT BLOOD TEST

When taking the sample, please note the following:

  • Use a special sample container with buffer solution* to collect the sample. You can get it from the laboratory.
  • Do not use any other sample containers found in your home.
  • NB! Be careful with the thin plastic tip of the sample container. If the plastic tip is broken, the sample material will leak and the sample will not be suitable for analysis.
  • It is not recommended to take the sample:
    • If the stool contains blood visible to the eye
    • During menstruation
    • In case of bleeding haemorrhoids
    • In case of diarrhoea
  • It is not recommended to perform rectal procedures one week before collecting the sample.
  • If necessary, the test should be repeated; we recommend sending 3 tests during 10 days.

* This is a toxic substance, which means it is poisonous if you swallow it, it comes into contact with your skin or you breathe it in. The substance causes skin corrosion and eye damage.
In case you come into contact with the substance or feel ill, contact your doctor or Poisoning Information Centre by calling 16662 immediately.

Procedure for collecting the sample:

  1. Collect the stool (faeces) onto a clean disposable plate or a special catcher, which you can use according to the instructions provided. NB! Make sure the sample does not come into contact with urine, toilet flush water or chemicals for cleaning the toilet.
  2. Turn the blue cap with the spatula and remove it from the sample container with the buffer solution.
  3. Stick the spatula into the stool portion in three different places. NB! Do not put more stool into the sample container than is collected on the spatula after three insertions.
  4. Place the spatula back into the sample container and close the cap carefully. Do not reopen the sample container.
  5. Write your name, date and time of collecting the sample onto the sample container.
  6. Take the sample into the laboratory as soon as you can, but no later than 24 hours after collecting the sample.

Storage: Until transporting it to the laboratory, store the sample in the fridge at +2…+8 °C.