Test Overview
Test Methodology

Arthropod and Artifact Identification, gross and microscopic exam

Test Usage

Gross identification of parasites (eg, worms) and arthropods (eg, ticks, bed bugs, lice, mites)
Detecting or eliminating the suspicion of parasitic infection by identifying suspect material passed in stool or found on the body
Supporting the diagnosis of delusional parasitosis
Identifying ticks, including Ixodes species (the vector for Lyme disease)

Reference Range *

A descriptive report is provided

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Monday - Friday
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
Reference Laboratory
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements

1. For scabies, submit skin scrapings on glass microscope slide. Cover with a clean slide and use a rubber band to hold the 2 slides together. Place the slides in a clean, dry container for transport.
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.

Rejection Criteria
All specimens will be evaluated at Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability.
Additional Information

Test performed by Mayo Clinic Laboratories

CPT Code
87168, 87169