Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Pinworm Preparation

  • Synonyms: Enterobius vermicularis
  • LIS Mnemonic: PIN

    Collect

    Perianal touch prep using clear tape or SWUBE tube available through the lab (x42330 or 215-590-2331).

    Collect specimens upon wakening, before bathing or bowel movement OR late in the evening when the patient has been sleeping for several hours.

    Volume Required

    1 prep or 1 SWUBE

    Minimum Required

    1 prep or 1 SWUBE

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Specimens table up to 24 hours after collection at room temperature. If transport is delayed greater than 24 hours, refrigerate specimen.

    Processing

    SWUBE is preferred specimen

    Unacceptable conditions

    "Frosted" or non-transparent tape should not be used. Stool specimens are not acceptable specimens for this test.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Daily

CPT

87172

Methodology

Microscopic examination