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Test Code PARAID Parasite Identification

Performing Laboratory

Huntsville Hospital Laboratory



Specimen Requirements

Specimen must arrive within 4 hours of collection.

Contact Huntsville Hospital Microbiology Department at 256-265-2171 if specimen needs to be stored for more than 4 hours.

Specimen Type: Parasitic worms, insects, or mites

Container/Tube: Sterile container (10% formalin or 70% alcohol may be added if appropriate specimen type)

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. For scabies, apply strips of clear tape to areas suspected of being burrows. Then rapidly pull off tape and apply them to microscope slide.   Transport slides in a clean, dry container.

2. Submit whole worms and worm segments in 70% alcohol or formalin.

3. Submit arthropods (ticks, lice, nits, bed bugs, etc) in a clean, dry container.

Additional Information:

1. Specimen source and isolate description are required: morphology, tests performed, location of specimen, or other pertinent information.

2. Indicate reason for request.


Specimen Stability Information


Specimen Type Temperature
Varies Ambient (preferred)


Reference Values

If positive, organism identified

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Friday

LOINC Coding

Test Name LOINC Code

Parasite Identification

Specimen 66746-9


Test Classification and CPT Coding