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Diagnosis of Pinworm

Diagnostic Test list for Pinworm:

The list of medical tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Pinworm includes:

  • Worms around the anus
  • Cellophane tape anal swab

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Pinworm:

If pinworms are suspected, transparent adhesive tape (often called the "scotch tape test") or a pinworm paddle (supplied by your health care provider) are applied to the anal region. The eggs become glued to the sticky tape or paddle and are identified by examination under a microscope. Because bathing or having a bowel movement may remove eggs, the test should be done as soon as you wake up in the morning. You may have to provide several samples to your health care provider for examination. Since scratching of the anal area is common, samples taken from under the fingernails may also contain eggs. Eggs are rarely found during lab examinations of stool or urine. At night, the adult worms can sometimes be seen directly in bedclothes or around the anal area. (Source: excerpt from Pinworm Infection: DPD)


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