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Malaria *

SIM

20380 

CPT

87207 

Synonyms

Plasmodium smear; Parasite examination for Malaria 

Specimen Type

Whole blood  

Container

EDTA lavender-top tube - make 2 thin smears (not stained) to send to Lab Corp  along with the EDTA tube. Microtainer acceptable.

Collection Instructions

Collect Monday - Friday a.m. ONLY. If a specimen is collected on Saturday AFTER the Lab Corp pick-up, call the pathologist on call.

Volume

3-5 mls

Additional Information

Specimen cannot be collected on weekends, holidays, or day before a holiday. Specimen is sent to Lab Corp, and NOT PERFORMED IN-HOUSE.  One negative result does not rule out the possibility of parasitic infection. 

Patient Preparation

Specimen Processing Instructions

Whole blood, do not centrifuge; Send original tube - also make 2 thin smears (not stained) to send to Lab Corp along with the EDTA tube. Slides must be air-dried.

Transport Requirements

Room Temperature

Specimen Stability

Specimen is only stable 48 hours after collection. 

Rejection Criteria

Specimens arriving at reference lab > 48 hours old; Incorrect specimen type; Clotted specimen. Specimens collected on weekend, holidays or day before holiday.

Reference Range

Reference range accompanies report

Critical Value

 

Test Includes

Stain for malaria 

Methodology

Wright’s stain: microscopic examination of thick and thin peripheral smears stained with Romanovsky’s dye ( in particular Giemsa) 

Testing Frequency

 

LCA

008185 

Reviewed By

Lisa McBride                     

Reviewed Date

2/20/2018

Supplemental

*  Denotes Reference Lab Test

See Malaria Antigen for In-house Testing

Reviewed by Lisa McBride on February 20, 2018

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