Days Set Up
Monday - Friday
Analytic Time

8 - 24 hours

MiChart Code
Parasite, Microscopic Examination
Soft Order Code

Update Type: Replacement Test

Test Updated: 09/23/2020


Scabies Mite
Skin Scraping, Parasites
Sarcoptes scabei

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Microscopic Exam with KOH digestion of skin.

Test Usage

Identification of Sarcoptes scabei (scabies mite) or ectoparasite ova.

Reference Range

No scabies or parasites detected. If the non-pathogenic hair follicle mite Demodex spp. is observed, it will be reported.

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Unroof the burrow hole. Using a scalpel with immersion or mineral oil on it, scrape the superficial layer of skin (stratum corneum). Place the scrapings in oil on a microscope slide, place a second slide on top of the specimen and send to MLabs. A small piece of tissue can be sent with a few drops of oil on it. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the physician will be notified before disposal of the original specimen.

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.