Echinococcosis – Serology

Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

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

Echinococcus serology, or Echino serology, or Echinococcus granulosus, Hydatid serology

Serum

1.0 ml

Blood, clotted - vacutainer tubes (SST)

Echinococcus serology, or Echino serology, or Echinococcus granulosus, Hydatid serology

Blood

5.0 ml

Blood, clotted - vacutainer tubes (SST)

Limitations

Haemolysed, icteric, lipemic or microbially contaminated sera or plasma are not recommended for testing.

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.

Special Instructions

Centrifuge if using SST. Place specimen in biohazard bag and seal.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Echinococcus testing is performed once per week. 

Turnaround time is up to 10 days from receipt by PHO Laboratory.

Reporting

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

Test Methods

Echinococcus serology test is performed using a commercial Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA). 

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Updated 22 Oct 2019