Parasite Examination, Wet mount prep examination of miscellaneous body fluids

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #:  MPAR008A
CPT: 87210

Synonym(s):  Parasitology, intestinal parasite examination, fecal O&P, Entamoeba sp., amebiasis, amebic dysentery, Balantidium coli, Balantidiasis, Ova and Parasite, Blastocystis sp., Dientamoeba fragilis, Diphyllobothrium latum, Diphyllobothriasis, Pinworm, Enterobius vermicularis, Enterobiasis, Giardia duodenalis, Giardia lamblia, Giardia intestinalis Giardiasis, Soil transmitted helminth, helminth, Strongyloides stercoralis, Strongyloidiasis, Tapeworm, Taeniasis, Taenia sp., Hymenolepis sp.,  Trichuris trichiura,  Trichuriasis, whipworm, roundworm, hookworm, Clonorchiasis, Clonorchis sp., Ascaris lumbricoides, Ascariasis,  Schistosomiasis, Schistosoma sp.
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 mount 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