Parasite Identification, Arthropod

CPT: 87168
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Test Details


Identification of arthropods (eg, ticks, mites, lice, etc) of medical importance


Macroscopic and microscopic evaluation

Specimen Requirements




Sterile screw-cap container containing 70% ethanol or Para-Pak® pink vial containing formalin. (Use 70% ethanol for ticks when additional testing by PCR is requested.)

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Causes for Rejection

Inadequate labeling


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
188664 Parasite ID, Arthropod 10644-3 188665 Parasite ID, Arthropod 10644-3

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