- MALARIA SMEAR
- Start Date
- Expiration Date
- Filaria; Microfilaria; Plasmodium; Trypanosome
- CPT Codes
- Reference Test
Glass slides (thick and thin smears), AND
Lavender top (EDTA) tube, WHOLE BLOOD
Four (4) blood smears (2 thick, 2 thin), AND
4.0 mL Whole blood (EDTA)
- Transport Info
*Use syringe for specimen collection*
Immediately transfer blood to lavender top tube
Gently invert tube 8 times
Use blood remaining in syringe for smears:
• Thin smear: Small blood drop on glass slide spread over length of slide
• Thick smear: Puddle several small drops of blood into dime-sized area and allow to dry for at least 1 hour
Smears Room temperature (24 hr) and Whole blood Refrigerated (24 hr)
- Fasting Required?
- Patient Instructions
- Reference Range
No blood parasites observed
Microscopic examination of blood parasites used to establish the diagnosis of malaria or other parasitic blood infection.
Blood and tissue parasites whose diagnostic forms circulate in the peripheral blood are generally diagnosed by the demonstration of parasites in Giemsa stained thick or thin films of blood.