Parasite Examination, trichrome stain for miscellaneous body fluids 

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure:  MPAR007A

CPT: 87209 


Parasitology, Parasite, Entamoeba histolytica, amebiasis, Amebic dysentery, Entamoeba sp.

Requisition Form


Test Description

Microscopic morphological examination for the detection and identification of parasites in body fluids that are not feces

Pre-Approval Needed


Supplemental Information Required


Supplemental Form(s)


Performed on Specimens from (sources)


Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Various body fluids

Minimum Volume/Size Required


Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping

Dependent upon specimen type; call for instructions regarding preservation and handling

Transport Medium

Dependent upon specimen type

Specimen Labeling

  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record num
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.

Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements

Ship samples: 

  • according to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49
  • handling as infectious agent using universal precautions
  • triple-contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents
  • Ship as Biological Substance Category B
  • Call for instructions regarding preservation and handling


Microscopic examination of a trichrome stained smear

Turn-around Time

3 days



Common 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.