Test directory: Hanging Drop

Ordering Code 632
Test Name Hanging Drop
Alias Wet Mount
Trichomonas vaginalis
Trichomonas Exam
Yeast Exam
Preferred Specimen Vaginal, cervical or Male Urethral Swabs
Preferred Container Other
Optimum Volume 2 swabs in normal saline
Collection Instructions Immediately place swabs in normal saline and deliver to the laboratory within 1 hour of collection or keep warm at 35-37 degrees C. and deliver within 4 hours of collection. If applicable, use the No Additive (clear-red) tube with normal saline added. Do NOT use plastic red-top tube as these contain an additive.
Transport Requirements Deliver within 1 hour if transported at room temperature, 4
hours if kept at 35-37 degrees Celsius.
Specimen Stability Ambient: 1 Hour 35-37 degrees Celsius: 4 Hours
Rejection Criteria Dry cotton swab, Frozen, Refrigerated
Specimen older than stability limits, Swabs in fluids other than normal saline, Specimen received in plastic Red Top tube with additive
Avail. Stat YES
Analytic Time 1 Day
Methodology Microscopic exam of specimen for yeast and viable (motile)
Trichomonas organisms

Reference range(s)

Component Age Male Norm Male Critical Low Male Critical High Female Norm Female Critical High Female Critical Low Units Add'l info
Hanging Drop ALL

If clinically...

If clinically indicated, suggest testing with the
Affirm nucleic acid probe test, which incorporates
Gardnerella vaginalis, Candida species and
Trichomonas vaginalis for the support of vaginosis/vaginitis

See report.