Macroscopic Parasite Identification


Sunquest Code:MACROPARSIT  
Epic Code:LAB3602Epic Name:Macroscopic Parasite Identification
Synonyms:Arthropod; Pinworm; Worms
Methodology:Direct macroscopic examination
Test Includes:Identification of adult macroscopic human parasitic worms.
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; 0730-1530. Results are reported within 1-2 days.
Special Instructions:Indicate clinical history on request form. Deliver immediately to laboratory.


Collection Instructions

Collection Instructions:
Parasite Suspected Instructions Container
Pinworm Collect using swube paddle.
 
Collect 1 early morning collection each day for 3 consecutive days.
 
Cause for Rejection: Scotch tape smear or stool
Swube Tube
Arthropods Submit live organism (if possible) organisms in plastic sterile leakproof container without preservative. Sterile Container
Scabies: Place a drop of mineral oil on a sterile scalpel blade.
Allow some of the oil to flow onto the papule.
Scrape vigorously 6 or 7 times to remove the top of the papule (there should be tiny flecks of blood in the oil).
Transfer the oil and scraped material to a glass slide.
Add 1 or 2 extra drops of mineral oil to the slide and stir the mixture.
Place a second slide on top of the slide with collected material.
Secure ends of slide with tape, ensuring area with scrapings is not obscured.
Label slide with patient's name and MR#.
Place slide in a sterile cup and screw top lid on.
Worms Place worms in 70% alcohol (preferred) or 10% formalin. Plastic leakproof container, sterile Sterile container


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


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