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Faecal Occult Blood

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Faecal occult blood testing will be performed on GP and outpatient referrals only. It will not be performed on inpatients.

If gastrointestinal blood loss or malignancy is suspected clinically, gastroenterology consultation is recommended.

Alternate names:
faeces Occult Blood, FOB, Occult Blood
Referred Test
Test Code:
Specimen types:
Container types:
Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) kitFaecal Occult Blood (FOB) kit
Collection Instructions:

FOB Collection Instructions

For 1 day before and then during the collection period maintain a well balanced diet including fruit, vegetables & cereals.

Do not collect samples during or until 3 days after a menstrual period.

Collection Procedure

The collection kit has  3 containers, one for each day.

It is suggested that  faeces/stool sample is collected initially into a plastic disposable container (an ice-cream container is ideal). Pass urine into the toilet if necessary.

Twist the green cap on the collection container to remove it. Insert the sampling probe into 5 or 6 locations in the faeces.

Return the sampling probe into the collection container.

Shake the collection container vigorously up & down several times.

Refrigerate specimen if not delivering to the laboratory on the day of collection.

Label each sample with your name, date of birth and date & time of collection and place in the specimen bag provided..

Refrigerate samples after each collection and deliver all samples to your nearest Eastern Health Pathology collection service (see below).Samples should be received in the laboratory within 1 day of the last collection.



Result Turnaround Time:
2-3 days
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

FOB Collection Instructions - Melbourne Pathology

FOB memo - includes KIMMS instructions and maintenance of collection kit stock

Transport Instructions:

Refrigerate on receipt.

Transport at 2-8 deg C

Specimens can be stored for 5 days in buffer at 2-8 deg C prior to testing.

Laboratory Notes:

The 3 specimens should collected at 3 different times. Register on 3 lab numbers.

External Laboratory:
Melbourne Pathology
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