In some cases, if there is not a clear, single site of infection, we will request that multiple samples be collected and tested. We cannot identify the microorganism(s) causing infection unless it is physically collected in the samples. Thus, we will request multiple sample to ensure the best possible results.
When collected as instructed, samples are rendered non-infectious and stable at ambient temperatures for up to 30 days. The supplies shipping materials will return the sample next-day, and thus no special concerns are needed when shipping samples back to Aperiomics.
For us to get the best possible sample, it is typically recommended that all anti-infective treatments be stopped 3 days prior to sample collection. This should be discussed with a healthcare provider. Probiotics should be stopped 14 days prior. All anti-infective treatments and probiotics should be listed on the requisition form.
No. Our specialized collection kits contain a solution that renders samples non-infectious and keeps the genetic material that we need intact for up to 30 days at room temperature. Combined with our supplied packing materials, it also makes it safe for shipping… so no need to worry.
Physicians should be able to tell patients which kit or kits they’ll need to help identify the pathogens causing your illness. While a single kit may be needed, in some instances patients may require additional kits (blood, swab, urine, fecal, tissue or semen) to capture the pathogens at the suspected source of the infection. We won’t be able to give the best information if the microbes causing the issue aren’t collected in the kit!