Parasite Examination, wet prep examination of miscellaneous body fluids

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Procedure:  MPAR008A 

CPT: 87210


Parasite Examination, direct examination of miscellaneous body fluids MPAR008A

Synonym(s): Parasitology; wet prep
Requisition Form G-2B
Test Description Microscopic morphological examination for the detection and identification of parasites in miscellaneous body fluids
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Various body fluids.
Minimum Volume/Size Required N/A
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 number)
  • Specimen identification must 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.
Method Microscopic examination of a wet preparation; centrifugation to concentrate if necessary.
Turn-around Time 3 days
Interferences/Limitations N/A
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.