MALARIA SMEAR

Code
900.2665
Name
MALARIA SMEAR
Category
None
Department
Send-Out
Start Date
Expiration Date
Synonyms
Filaria; Microfilaria; Plasmodium; Trypanosome
CPT Codes
87207
Site
SBMF
Reference Test
27023
ATLAS Test Code

Specimen Information

Type

Glass slides (thick and thin smears), AND
Lavender top (EDTA) tube, WHOLE BLOOD

Volume

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?
False
Patient Instructions

Reference Range

No blood parasites observed

Methodology

Microscopic Examination

Clinical Significance

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.

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