Anisakis

Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

Test Requested Required Requisition(s) Specimen Type Minimum Volume Collection Kit

Worm ID

Biopsy material

N/A

Sterile container with saline

Worm ID

Worm removed from stomach during endoscopy

N/A

Sterile container

Submission and Collection Notes

1

The suspected organism may be included under the ‘Test Description’.

2

Please note on the requisition (under other): If the patient has Eosinophilia, HIV, is immunocompromised, has a critical illness or was admitted to ICU, or had a previous parasitic infection.

3

Indicate Country/Region and if the patient is a new immigrant or refugee or returned traveler under ‘Travel’ section of the requisition. It is imperative that the foreign country be identified.

4

Indicate symptoms and consumption of undercooked or raw seafood.

Preparation Prior to Transport

Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.

Place specimen container in a biohazard bag and seal. 

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Anisakis testing turnaround time is up to 3 days from receipt by the PHO laboratory.

Reporting

Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.

Test Methods

Anisakis specimens are tested by Microscopy for identification of worm/larva.

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Updated 22 Oct 2019