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Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code OPDI, OPDP, OPSD
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle Aspirated specimens are concentrated and examined microscopically for the presence of parasites.
Container type mucus trap or SAF preservative tube
Collection Instructions Collect aspirate in a mucus trap (frequently used for collection of tracheal aspirates) then add around 1.0 mL of SAF preservative. Aspirates may also be put into the SAF preservative tubes used for stool parasitology.
Special instructions Swabs are distinctly inferior for collection from intestinal lesions. If they must be used, they must be soaked in saline prior to use and submitted in a sterile tube.
Stability Hold specimen at room temperature. Deliver to Microbiology (2M33) as soon as possible. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.
Additional information SAF is available from Laboratory Support Services (206-8199).
References Garcia, LS, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, 5th Ed., ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87210
Last Updated 1/16/2009 1:05:36 PM
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