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Test Name: Pinworm Exam

Test Code(s): PIN

CPT Code(s): 87172

Methodology: Microscopy

Clinical Significance: Detects the presence of Enterobius vermicularis.

Days Performed: Mon-Fri, dayshift - day varies.

Turnaround Time: Stat: Not available stat.
Routine: Up to 5 days.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Prep of the perianal skin

Collection Instructions: Collect first thing in morning before voiding or bathing.
Press sticky surface of paddle or tape against perianal skin with moderate pressure.

Collection Container: Preferred: Pinworm collector kit
Also Acceptable: Sterile screw cap container

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Microbiology (B4/231).

Unacceptable Criteria: If tape is used, it MUST be transparent or specimen is not acceptable.

Stability: Ambient: Unlimited
Refrigerated: Not acceptable
Frozen: Not acceptable


Expected Results:

None seen


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