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PARASITES, WORM IDENTIFICATION

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code WMID
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle Adult Ascaris worms, Tapeworm proglottids, Adult pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis), and other worms may be recovered from patients.

Macroscopic and microscopic evaluation is performed to identify worms.
Patient Preparation Use extreme care in collecting specimen. Eggs from worms such as Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) are directly infectious. If you swallow eggs, you may get cysticercosis. Warn your patient who has a tapeworm about the danger.
Container type screw-capped container
Collection Instructions Do not put worms in SAF, formalin, alcohol or any other preservative.
Sample type Worm or segment of worm
Synonyms Taenia solium, Proglottid Identification;
Stability 24 hours at 2-8°C. Deliver to Microbiology Laboratory (2M33) as soon as possible.
References Garcia, LS, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, ASM Press, 5th Ed., Washington, DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87169
Last Updated 1/16/2009 3:24:46 PM
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