Interpretive Handbook

Test 9202 :
Parasite Identification

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Infectious diseases are spread by a variety of vectors. Identifying the vector and causative agent often involves visual examination of organisms.

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Gross identification of parasites (eg, worms), arthropods (eg, insects, spiders), and suspect material passed in stool


Identifying ticks, including Ixodes (carrier of Lyme disease)

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

A descriptive report is provided.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

This test identifies the tick species. It does not include analysis of ticks for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

A descriptive report is provided.