Pinworm Test


Pinworm Test, Cellophane Tape Test

  • Indications
  1. Testing for Pinworms (Helminth Infection)
  • Preparation
  1. Clear Tape (e.g. Scotch Tape)
    1. Avoid Magic tape or Package Tape
  2. Flashlight
  3. Assistant to spread buttocks apart
  • Timing of test
  1. Perform immediately after awakening
  2. Repeat test on 3 consecutive days
  • Technique (performed by family at home)
  1. Roll tape around 4 fingers of hand, sticky side out
  2. While assistant spreads buttocks
    1. Identify involved perianal area with flashlight
    2. Touch involved perianal area with tape 1-2 times
  3. Place Tape on a slide with clean side down
  4. Trim tape, label slide and bring to clinic
  • Exam
  1. View slide under direct microscopy
  • Efficacy
  1. Test Sensitivity: 90% if done on 3 consecutive days