Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pinworms Evaluation

The evaluation of pinworms begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with pinworms may include:

If worms are not visible on the skin around the anus, tests may help make the diagnosis of pinworms.

Tests that may be used to evaluate pinworms include:
  • The transparent tape test:
    • Tape applied to the anus at night may reveal worms and eggs
  • Fingernail samples:
    • May contain worms or eggs after scratching

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Last Updated: Sep 2, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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