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Parasitology: Blood Parasites

Updated

1/12/2011

Other Names Malaria, Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale, P. falciparum, P. malariae, Babesia, Filariasis, Microfilariasis, Microfilariae, Chagas Disease, Trypanosoma, Borrelia recurrentis, Relapsing fever.
How to Order
Check the appropriate box, under PARASITOLOGY, on the General Microbiology Request Form.
Availability
All Clients.
Methodology
Standard reference procedures for Blood parasite screening and organism identification including examination of Thin and Thick Blood smears
Performed
Daily (Monday – Friday)
Time to Reporting
1 to 2  days
CPT Code
87207


Specimen Collection Details

Collection
Blood smears made within 2 hours of collection.
EDTA tube, if available.  Include stained and unstained slides if possible.
Optimal Volume
N/A   Several slides preferred.
Minimum Volume
N/A
Handling
Stained and Unstained slides packaged to prevent breakage.
Transport
Transport at room temperature.  Use blood precautions in handling and shipping.
Rejection Criteria
Unlabeled specimens, specimens not submitted per collection instructions, or with incomplete requisition forms will not be processed.
Comments
Include all travel history on request form.
Do not send slides made more than 2 hours post collection.  The EDTA tube may be referred to CDC for PCR as needed for definitive ID.
     For addition information or assistance, please contact the laboratory at 503.693.4100