Scabies Examination

CPT: 87169
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Test Details


Detection of the itch mite that causes scabies in humans


Microscopic evaluation

Specimen Requirements


Submit skin scrapings between two glass slides rubber-banded together, or place dry scrapings in a sterile screw-cap container.


Slides or screw-cap container


Place a drop of mineral oil on a sterile scalpel blade. Scrape a newly-developed papule vigorously six or seven times to remove the top of the papule. Transfer the scraped material mixed with oil to a glass slide, and place a second glass slide over the first. Rubber-band the two slides together.

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
188615 Scabies Examination 9787-3 188616 Scabies Examination 9787-3

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