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Available Stat? No
Test code OPDI
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology)
Sendout? no
Price range $
In House Availability Mon. - Fri.
Principle Trichomonas vaginalis infections are detected by microscopic wet mount exam of vaginal or urethral secretions or of urine sediment.
Container type sterile, screw-capped container
Collection Instructions Vaginal or urethral discharge collected with a sterile swab: Completely moisten swab with secretions and place in a sterile screw-cap tube with 2 – 3 drops of sterile saline. Do not let swab dry out. If specimen is collected after 5:00 pm, Mon. – Fri., or on a weekend or holiday, place swab in transport medium. Urine: Submit 10 – 15 mL first stream urine, collected in a sterile, screw-cap container.
Sample type Vaginal or urethral discharge, urine
Special instructions Deliver to Microbiology Laboratory (2M33) immediately. Do Not Refrigerate.
Stability Swab specimen in saline or urine must be delivered to Lab to be examined immediately. Swab specimen placed in transport medium is viable up to 24 hours. Hold specimen at room temperature. Do Not Refrigerate.
References Isenberg, HD (ed), Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 2nd ed., ASM Press, Washington DC, 2004.
CPT coding 87210
Last Updated 1/26/2009 2:47:29 PM
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