AnMed Laboratory Services


Pinworm Preparation  (PINWORM)

Synonyms:  Scotch Tape Prep, Cellulose Tape Prep
Specimen:  Transparent cellulose tape touched to perianal region; (1) glass microscope slide. Collect in the morning prior to patient bathing or using the toliet.
                        Volume:  1 slide
Minimum Volume:  1 slide
Collection:  Tape should be transferred to a microcope slide sticky side down. Press firmly into position. Label slide or slide folder and transport to the laboratory as soon as possible. Maintain at room temperature.
Rejection Criteria:  Nontransparent tape; tape on both sides of slide or sticky side up; tape not affixed to slide; improper labeling.
Reference Range:  No pinworm ova seen
Methodology:  Microscopy
Test Use:  Detection of Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) infestation
Additional Information:  Diagnosis of pinworm infestation is best made by recovery of eggs or female worms from the perianal region. Only 5-10% of infected persons have eggs in the stool.
Testing Includes: 
Testing Facility:  AnMed Laboratory