Pinworm Preparation (View in report form.)
|CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: ||PINWORM|
|POE DESCRIPTION: ||PINWORM PREPARATION|
|CPT CODE: ||87208|
|TEST INFORMATION: ||The test is performed for pinworm examination ONLY.|
|DAYS PERFORMED: |
|TURNAROUND TIME: ||1-2 days|
|CONTAINER TYPE: |
Scotch® Tape slide MUST be submitted in a sealed, covered container or a SWUBE® tube.
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. Specimen of choice is a SWUBE® tube.
|SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: |
Scotch® Tape slide preparation of perianal region, SWUBE® tube
|REJECTION CRITERIA: ||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.|
|MINIMUM VOLUME: ||One slide|
|HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: ||Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, leave at room temperature. NOTE: Pinworm eggs are very infectious.|
|REFERENCE RANGE: ||No pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) eggs identified.|
|LIMITATIONS OF TEST: ||A single negative result does not rule out the possibility of parasitic infection.|
|METHODOLOGY: ||Microscopic examination of preparation.|
|ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ||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.|
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|TEST SYNONYM(S):||Scotch. Tape Test; Enterobius vermicularis Preparation; Ova and Parasite, Pinworm Preparation|
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