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Pinworm Prep

Infectious Disease Laboratories : Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation :
PINWM MIC2
Specimen Type:
Scotch tape slide preparation of perianal region or pinwormpaddle collection container
Tube Type:
Pinworm paddle (preferred) or clear scotch tape on glass slide
Collection Volume:
pinworm paddle (obtain from Microbiology ext 38412)
Cause for Rejection:
Opaque scotch tape
Storage:
Ambient
Availability:
Daily (0800-1600)
Methodology:
Microscopy
Special Instructions:
Specimen is best obtained a few hours after the patient has retired (2200 or 2300) or the first thing in the morning before patient has moved around. Pinworms migrate out of the anus during periods of rest and lay their eggs around the anal opening. This collection procedure is essential if valid results are expected. Clear Scotch Tape must be used if submitting specimens on slides.
Lab/Phone:
330-543-8412
TAT:
24 hours
Additional Info:
Reference range: Negative for Enterobius vermicularis
CPT Code:
87172
Synonyms:
Scotch Tape Test; Enterobius vermicularis