Arthropod and Artifact Identification, gross and microscopic exam
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)
A descriptive report is provided
2 - 5 days
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.
Test performed by Mayo Clinic Laboratories