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Ova + Parasite Exam, Urine

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Ova and Parasites Examination, Urine

Clinical Use:

Establish the diagnosis of parasitic infection, primarily with Schistosoma haematobium

Test Information:

The diagnosis of Schistosoma haematobium infection is achieved by examination of urine specimens for eggs. Both 24-hour and spot urine samples should be examined to enhance detection. S haematobium egg excretion exhibits a circadium rhythm, with the peak occurring between noon and 3 PM. Egg output is enhanced by physical exercise combined with fluid intake prior to urination. In very light or chronic infections, eggs may be very difficult to detect in urine; consequently, multiple urine sample examinations may be required. Occasionally eggs of S mansoni may also be detected in urine.

Specimen Type:


Requested Volume: 

15 mL

Minimum Volume: 

3 mL

Container Type: 

Sterile cup, urine container, or Para-Pak® white (without preservative)


For suspected Schistosoma haematobium, collect urine sample without preservatives at midday.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Rejection Criteria

Grossly leaking specimens; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and test request label

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