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Test Code M604 Parasites, Pinworm

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Cellulose Tape (Scotch Tape) Preparation

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable Specimens:
1 cellulose tape (Scotch Tape) slide preparation in a Ziploc bag.


Collection Procedure:

Call Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory Customer Service at 314-362-1470 for collection instructions and to obtain proper Pinworm Collection Kit.


Obtain specimen in the early a.m. before rising out of bed and prior to bathing and defecation. Use clear non-frosted tape only. See Pinworm Information and Cellulose Collection Technique in Special Instructions for collection information.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Friday
Cut-off time: 1400

Turnaround Time:
STAT: not available

Routine: results available within 24 hours for specimen received Monday through 1400 on Friday and on Monday for specimen received after 1400 on Friday through Sunday.

Reference Values

No Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) eggs seen

Literature Reference:
Garcia Lynne S. Diagnostic medical parasitology. 5th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2007;258-61.

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only

Minimum Volume:

1 cellulose tape (Scotch Tape) preparation in a Ziploc bag
Laboratory Processing Instructions:
Test performed in BJH Microbiology.

Specimen Transport Temperature