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Tapeworm Segments

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P404
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Monday-Friday, day shift
Method Microscopy
Collection Instructions Collect 3 samples over 10 days (no more than one per 48 hours) to improve the chance of a positive result. Includes genus, species and stage of intestinal parasite on requisition.

Containers and instructions are available from Specimen Receiving, outpatient phlebotomy, or Microbiology.

Specimens may be collected by colonic aspiration or proctoscopy. Only SAF-preserved specimens should be submitted.
Container type Urine cup or clean container with moistened gauze
Sample type Stool
Normal range
Stability Refrigerated 24 hours
Turn around times 1-3 days
Additional information Examination of proglottid segments can reliably identify the infecting species, whereas the eggs of the beef and pork tapeworms are indistinguishable.

See also Taenia solium Antibody.
CPT coding 87169
LOINC code 673-4
Last Updated 6/22/2016 12:23:47
Entry Number 886
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