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Test Code M605 Parasites, Schistosoma haematobium, Urine

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Wet Prep

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable Specimens:≥100 mL urine in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container


Collection Procedure:

1. Aseptically collect ≥100 mL from a random urine, preferably collected between the hours of 1200 and 1500 (peak egg excretion time), or a 24-hour urine without preservatives.

2. Place specimen in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container.
3. Send specimen at ambient temperature only. Do not refrigerate.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
Note: 1. Greater than 100 mL is required to allow concentration of the specimen by centrifugation and achieve greater sensitivity.
2. Refrigeration causes precipitates to form that make examination difficult.

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 Schistosoma haematobium eggs seen

Literature Reference:

Garcia Lynne S. Diagnostic medical parasitology. 5th ed. Washington, DC: ASM Press; 2007;466-72.

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only
Minimum Volume:

50 mL of urine in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container
Laboratory Processing Instructions:
Test performed in BJH Microbiology.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Ambient/Refrigerate NO/Frozen NO