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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, stained and examined microscopically for the presence of parasites.
Container type sterile, screw-capped tube
Collection Instructions Material aspirated from an amebic abscess seldom contains morphologically recognizable E. histolytica. Aspirate from liver abscesses should be taken from the margin of the abscess rather than the necrotic center. Send aspirated material to the Microbiology Lab.
Special instructions An amebic serology test for diagnosis of Entamoeba histolytica infection is available 7 days a week (see Amebiasis Serology). This test is used to support the diagnosis of amebiasis when a patient has a liver abscess.
Synonyms Entamoeba Histolytica, Extraintestinal;
References Garcia, LS, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, 5th Ed., ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87210
Last Updated 11/15/2010 6:55:22 PM
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