TRICHOMONAS ANTIGEN DETECTION

Mnemonic

TRICH EIA

Synonym

Trichomonas EIA

Includes

Trichomonas vaginalis detection

Guidelines

For vaginosis/vaginitis. Does not differentiate between viable and non-viable organisms. Other tests available: Vaginal Pathogens DNA Probe, Wet Mount.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Do not use vaginal lubricants.

Collect

Vaginal Secretions

Handling

Aspirate vaginal secretions, or use swab, place in sterile tube with 0.5 mL saline, also acceptable, BBL culture swab with Stuarts transport

Minimum Volume

1 swab in 0.5 mL preservative free saline, 1 BBL culture swab in Stuart’s transport

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, leaking or nonsterile container

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 36 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

1 day

Method

Immunochromatographic assay

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

Comments

This test is more sensitive for Trichomonas than the Wet Mount or Vaginal Pathogens DNA Probe in validation studies.  Can be used in conjunction with Wet Mount for better sensitivity in detecting Trichomonas vaginalis.

CPT Codes

87808

Last Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:51:31 AM


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