*SMEAR, WET MOUNT

Mnemonic

WM

Synonym

Wet Mount

Includes

Detection of yeast, Trichomonas, and Clue cells

Guidelines

For vaginosis/vaginitis. Other tests available: Vaginal Pathogens DNA Probe, Trichomonas Antigen, Culture, Genital .

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

If speculum is used, do not use lubricant.

Collect

Aspirate Vaginal secretions, or use swab, place in sterile tube with 0.5 mL saline

Handling

Must be received in laboratory within 1 hour for Trichomonas viability. If delay is unavoidable, also order the Trichomonas Antigen.

Minimum Volume

1 swab in 0.5 mL preservative free saline

Transport

Room temperature, STAT

Rejection Criteria

Frozen or refrigerated specimen, leaking or nonsterile container

Stability

Ambient: 1 hour

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

60 minutes after receipt of specimen

Method

Microscopy

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

CPT Codes

87210

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:28:40 AM


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