Ova and Parasites, Urine

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: OP
POE DESCRIPTION: OVA AND PARASITES EXAM; O & P; OP
CPT CODE: 87177; 88313
TEST INFORMATION: The test includes a wet preparation (saline) and concentration procedure.
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: Preliminary reports available after 24 hours. Complete reports may require 2-4 days after receipt of the specimen based upon the findings.
CONTAINER TYPE: Sealed, sterile urine container, no preservative
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Freshly voided urine
REJECTION CRITERIA: Specimen received more than 4 hours after collection, refrigerated specimen, insufficient specimen volume, inappropriate specimen container, specimen submitted in a urine boric acid transport tube.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 15 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, leave at room temperature. Specimen MUST be received within 4 hours.
REFERENCE RANGE: No parasites found
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: A single negative result does not rule out the possibility of parasitic infection.
METHODOLOGY: Wet preparation (saline) and concentration.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The patient should have geographic history consistent with schistosomiasis. The recommended screening procedure is three first morning urine specimens submitted on successive days. Click here for more information on schistosomiasis
TEST SYNONYM(S):Parasites Other Than Trichomonas, Urine; Urine for Parasites Other Than Trichomonas; Urine for Schistosoma haematobium; Urine for Schistosomes