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A transparent adhesive (cellophane) tape test (sometimes
called a "Scotch tape" test) refers to the collection and examination of a
sample from the skin around the
anus. This test is used to identify
pinworms and pinworm eggs.
should be done first thing in the morning before the person suspected of the
infection has gotten out of bed, used the bathroom, or taken a bath. To carry
out the test:
This is the best test for diagnosing pinworms. Pinworm eggs
(when present) can be easily identified under the microscope by a trained
professional. More than one transparent tape test may be needed to detect
transparent tape test is a quick, cost-effective, and painless test. Samples
may be collected at home early in the morning before bathing and taken to your
doctor's office. Samples can also be taken at the doctor's office.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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