Urine Parasite Examination

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #:  MPAR010A                          
CPT: 87177 

Synonym(s): Parasitology; Schistosoma haematobium test Schistosomiasis; Parasite
Requisition Form G-2B
Test Description Microscopic morphological examination for the detection of Schistosoma haematobium, or other parasites rarely found in urine
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required
  • Travel history
  • Organism suspected
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Urine
Minimum Volume/Size Required Approximately 10 mL
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Refrigeration
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)
  • 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
  • as Biological Substance Category B 
  • cold with ice packs
Method Microscopic examination 
(centrifugation to concentrate)
Turn-around Time 3 days
Interferences/Limitations This examination is not intended to test for Trichomonas vaginalis, which must be examined within 20 minutes of specimen collection
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