Parasitology/Malaria Blood Stain

Useful For: Malaria Blood Parasites – The identification of malarial parasites and other blood parasites is used to determine treatment and prognosis. Babesia and other blood parasite are noted and reported. Microfilaria can be detected from a giemsa stain. However, this test is not recommended for the detection of microfilaria. One negative observation cannot rule out blood parasites.

Methodology: Microscopic Examination with Giemsa stain

Specimen Requirements:
1 lavender-top (EDTA) tube (minimum: 1.0 mL of EDTA whole blood). Forward promptly to laboratory at room temperature only.

Analytical Time:
4 days

Days Set Up: Monday through Sunday

CPT Information:
87207 – Smear, special stain (malaria)

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