Fecal Fat and Muscle Fibers, Qualitative (049684)

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Turnaround Time: 3 - 7 days
CPT Code:

82705, 89160

Test Type: 3g Stool (random)
Reference Range:

• Total fats (neutral fats, soaps, and fatty acids): Normal (<100 droplets/hpf)

• Neutral fats: Normal (<60 droplets/hpf)

• Muscle fibers: Normal (<10 fibers/hpf)


Evaluate malabsorption syndromes, pancreatic exocrine dysfunction, or gastrocolic fistula.

Collection Details:

Patient Preparation:

Patient is required to eat adequate amounts of red meat for 24 to 72 hours before testing. Specimens obtained with a warm saline enema or Fleet® Phospho-Soda® are acceptable. Specimens obtained with mineral oil, bismuth, or magnesium compounds are unsatisfactory. Barium procedures or laxatives should be avoided for one week prior to collection of the specimen.

Collection Instructions:

Plastic screw-cap vial. Do not contaminate outside of container; do not overfill container. Refrigerate at 2°C to 8°C. Do not freeze.