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EPIC CODE: LAB6460 Trichomonas Vaginalis PCR

Important Note

Please see Service Update 07.15.21



Sunquest: TRICPC


UnityPoint Health Methodist - Microbiology


Prior to urine specimen collection, the patient should not have urinated for at least 1 hour and should NOT have cleansed the genital area (female patient) or the tip of the penis (male patient) Female Patients – a vaginal exam with Vaginal pathogens Profile (LAB2981), includes Candida species, Garderella vaginalis, Trichomonas Vagialis) If a vaginal exam is not possible or the patient refuses, urine testing is an acceptable form of testing for Trichomonas Vaginalis, ONLY.
Urine testing cannot be ordered in conjunction with Vaginal Pathogens profile due to duplicate testing for Trichomonas


Offsite Facilities:
8 mL first catch voided urine specimens. Using the Trichomonas PCR media (GeneXpert) collection kit, transfer urine into container via the included pipet. Transport device should be filled to the dotted line.

Please Note: Trichomonas PCR media (GeneXpert) tube looks similar to the Cobas CT/NG. Transport media is not interchangeable and will result in rejection if transferred in the wrong media.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Offsite Facilities:

Transport Trichomonas PCR Media (GeneXpert) tube at room temp or refrigerated.

Methodist Hospital Campus

Transport immediately at room temperature. Specimen must not be at room temp without preservative for more than 4 hours.

Stability (from collection to initiation)

Uprocessed Urine Specimen:

Ambient: 4 hours

Refrigerated: 4 days

Urine Specimens in Xpert Urine Transport Reagent:

Ambient: 14 days

Refrigerated: 28 days

Unacceptable Conditions

Specimens not received in the PCR Media or Non-Vacutainer Collection Containers. Specimens collected transferred into the incorrect media, received in a shared specimen container, volume less than 8mL, or received outside of the specimen stability window.

Days Performed

Microbiology (Sunday-Saturday 1st & 2nd Shift)



Reference Interval

Not Detected

Interpretive Data

Trichomonas: Not detected

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