The test is performed for pinworm examination ONLY.
Scotch® Tape slide MUST be submitted in a sealed, covered container.
The specimen is best obtained a few hours after the patient has retired (i.e. 2200 or 2300), or the first thing in the morning before a bowel movement or bath. The collection procedure is essential if valid results are expected. Clear Scotch® Tape MUST be used. The non-transparent type is unsatisfactory.
Scotch® Tape slide preparation of perianal region
Use of non-transparent Scotch® Tape, Scotch® Tape on BOTH sides of the microscope slide, use of a frosted microscope slide, Scotch® Tape submitted sticky side up. Stool specimens are NOT satisfactory for pinworm examination.
Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, leave at room temperature. NOTE: Pinworm eggs are very infectious.
No pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) eggs identified.
LIMITATIONS OF TEST:
A single negative result does not rule out the possibility of parasitic infection.
Microscopic examination of preparation.
The most satisfactory means of diagnosing pinworm infection is by the recovery of eggs or female worms from the perianal region, as only 5-10% of infected persons have demonstrable eggs in the stool. Click here for more information about Enterobiasis.
Scotch. Tape Test; Enterobius vermicularis Preparation; Ova and Parasite, Pinworm Preparation