Microsporidia Test

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure:  MPAR004A 

CPT: 87207 

Microsporidia Test

Synonym(s): Parasitology; Enterocytozoon test; Encephalitozoon test
Requisition Form G-2B
Test Description Microscopic morphological examination for the detection and identification of microsporidia
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human Feces; other body fluids less frequently
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Human Feces preserved in 10% formalin; call for handling instructions for other body fluids
Minimum Volume/Size Required Approximately 5 mL
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Ambient temperature for formalinized feces; call for handling instructions for other body fluids
Transport Medium 10% formalin
Specimen Labeling At least 2 patient specific identifiers: First and last name as one identifier and a DOB or a unique patient specific identifier (e.g. Medical Record number).
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements Ship as Biological Substance Category B at ambient temperature for formalized feces; call for handling instructions for other body fluids
Method Microscopic examination of a modified trichrome stained smear (Weber-Green method)
Turn-around Time 3 days
  • Like standard O&P exams, it is recommended that an examination for microsporidia include 2-3 specimens collected every other day
  • Antibiotics may diminish the numbers of protozoa
Causes for Rejection No specimen received; expired media; no identifiers on containers
Additional Information
  • Call Medical Parasitology at 512-776-7560 with questions about specimen collection and handling.
  • Call Lab Reporting at 512-776-7578 with questions about submission forms.
  • Call Specimen Acquisition at 512-776-7569 with questions about shipping.