Sarcoptes scabiei (Scabies) Examination [8628X]

Test Code
86288

CPT Codes
87220

Preferred Specimen
Dry skin scrapings or submit scrapings between two microscopic slides rubber-banded together in screw-cap tube or plastic vial

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Indefinitely
Refrigerated: Indefinitely
Frozen: Unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Skin scrapings in formalin or alcohol • Slides not submitted in a leak-proof container

Methodology
Microscopic Examination

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat; Report available: 1 day

Reference Range
None observed

Clinical Significance
Sarcoptes scabiei causes scabies which is recognized by a nocturnal itch occurring primarily on the webbing between the fingers spreading to the wrists, elbows, buttocks, breasts and external genitalia. This itch and accompanying skin eruptions are delayed for several weeks after the initial infection. The rash represents a sensitization to the bite which does not necessarily correspond to the location of the active adult female.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Dr
Chantilly, VA 20153



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