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Schistosoma Urine Microscopy


Urogenital Schistosomiasis is caused by Schistosoma haematobium a tropical blood fluke. In patients with haematuria, eggs may be found trapped in the blood and mucus in the terminal portion of the urine specimen.


Total urine between 10am-2pm or Terminal Stream Urine over 24hrs

Specimen container

Sterile universal without boric acid (boric acid containers will be rejected) or a 24hr urine collection vessel

How To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Ova, cysts and parasites (OCP) screen‘ or test code ‘LAB258‘ – please state ‘Schistosoma Microscopy’ on the request

Specimen Collection

The density of ova in urine varies throughout the day, with the highest concentration between 10 am and 2 pm. It is therefore preferable to obtain total urine collected over the time period between 10am and 2pm, or terminal stream urines collected over a whole 24 hour period.

Special Instructions

Please contact the laboratory to discuss with a Medical microbiologist prior to sending samples as often a blood test (serology) is preferable to urine investigations.

The most common symptom of urogenital schistosomiasis is blood in the urine, please check for haematuria prior to sending a specimen.

Please clearly state ‘Schistosoma Microscopy’ on the request and include details of foreign travel.

Test Usage

Microscopy for the eggs of Schistosoma haematobium


Tested at RDUH

Processing Time


Urgent Specimen Instructions

Please contact the laboratory to discuss.

Schistosoma Serology


(Key words: Bilharzia, Schistosoma, Schistosomal, Schistosomiasis)

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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