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WORM IDENTIFICATION

Mnemonic

PARASITE ID

Synonym

Roundworm - Tapeworm

Includes

Macroscopic identification of worm or worm/like object.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Collect worm or worm/like object in a spill-proof, tightly sealed container that is preferably see-through. It is acceptable, but not required, to add alcohol or saline to container, but do not add formalin.

Preferred Volume

Whole worm preferred, tapeworm proglotids acceptable

Transport

Room Temperature (Refrigeration is also acceptable)

Rejection Criteria

Dried up, smashed, or too small a piece for identification

Stability

24-72 hours

Testing Information

Performed

Mon - Fri

Reported

24-72 hours

Method

Visualization, possible Microscopy

Reference Values

Reference Values

Not a human pathogen

CPT Codes

87172

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:41:31 AM


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