Microscopic Identification

Useful For:
Useful in the identification of lice and mites (Scabies).

Methodology: Microscopic

Specimen Requirements:
Submit live specimen in a screw-capped, leak-proof container.

Skin Scraping Technique: (for mites)

  1. Place a drop of mineral oil on a sterile scalpel blade.
  2. Allow some of the oil to flow onto the papule.
  3. Scrape vigorously 6-7 times to remove the top of the papule. There should be flecks of blood visible in the oil.
  4. Transfer the oil and scraped material to a glass slide.
  5. Add an extra drop of mineral oil to the slide and coverslip.
  6. Submit labeled slide in a cardboard slide holder that has been taped securely.


  • TICKS: Submit to Pathology, using a Pathology order form. State site of attachment, and if possible, time and location tick was attached.
  • Specimens are promptly examined by the Microbiology or Pathology department.

Analytical Time: 1 day

Days Set Up: Monday through Friday

CPT Information:
87168 –