Trichinella – Biopsy

Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

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

Trichinella

Biopsy material (gastrocnemius or other skeletal)

N/A

Sterile container

Submission and Collection Notes

1

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.

2

Indicate Country/Region and if the patient is a new immigrant or refugee or returned traveler under ‘Travel’ section of the requisition.

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

Place specimen container in a biohazard bag and seal. Store specimen at Room Temperature prior to ship to PHO laboratory.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Trichinella testing is performed Monday to Friday.

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

Trichenlla specimens are examined by microscopy. Serum may be examined for antibody to Trichinella (see Trichinella Serology test information sheet)

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Updated 22 Oct 2019