Hydatid antibodies

Microbiology

Notes

Echinococcus protoscolex

  • This test detects antibodies to Echinococcus species (dog tape worm)
  • Infection is usually associated with travel outside of Europe
  • Differential diagnosis may include amoebic abscess

Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples not required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Travel history

Storage/transport

Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a National Reference Centre

10 - 14 days


Page last reviewed: 18/11/2013