Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
ECTO ID
Methodology

Qualitative Macroscopy/Microscopy

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

1-4 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Macroscopic parasite (larvae, worm, anthropod, insect, tick). If scabies is suspected, scrape the skin from the leading edge of the lesion.

Specimen Preparation

Parasite: Immerse parasite in 5-10 mL of 70-80 percent ethanol (or other alcohol) in a clean container.
Scrapings:
Place in 2-3 mL of 70-80 percent ethanol (or other alcohol) in a clean container.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Stool. Unpreserved specimens. Specimens in preservative other than ethanol (or other alcohol).

Remarks

Specimen source preferred.

Stability

Ambient: 1 month; Refrigerated: 1 month; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Identification of ecto parasite or larval form.

Compliance Category

Standard

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87169

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2007361 Parasite Examination, Macroscopic 42807-8
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Aliases
  • bed bug
  • bot fly
  • cimex sp.
  • Ecto parasite larvae or worm detection
  • flea
  • lice
  • proglottid
  • scabies
  • tapeworm
  • tick
Parasite Examination, Macroscopic