Pathology Handbook

Schistosomes

Clinical Indications

None

Test Includes

Microscopy for presence of Schistosomes

Request Form 

Request via ICE

Availability

On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset / contact with suspected infection

Patient Preparation

Terminal stream urine collected mid-afternoon post exercise is the ideal sample as this increases number of ova present.

Turnaround Time

Same day

Specimen

Urine

Volume

5 ml

Container

White topped universal container; do NOT collect into boric acid (red top) as the crystals may interfere with microscopy

Urine bottle white top

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab Handling

Process on receipt

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequate sample
Use of wrong container (see above)
Delay in transport to laboratory