|CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:||PINWORM|
|POE DESCRIPTION:||PINWORM PREPARATION|
|TEST INFORMATION:||The test is performed for pinworm examination ONLY.|
|TURNAROUND TIME:||1-2 days|
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.
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.|
|TEST SYNONYM(S):||Scotch. Tape Test; Enterobius vermicularis Preparation; Ova and Parasite, Pinworm Preparation|