Malaria Parasite Exam

Centralized Core Laboratory:Hematology

Test ID/Workstation: MALEX SCOPE

Specimen Type: Blood

Tube Type: Purple top (EDTA) tube: Whole Blood

Collection Volume: Four fingerstick slides, 2 thick and 2 thin blood smears

Cause for rejection: Improperly collected blood smears (thick smear preps are too thick, blood sloughs off upon drying).

Storage: Ambient

Availability: Daily (slide prep: 24 hours) Slide exam: 0700-1630

Methodology: Microscopic evaluation of Wright's stained blood film

Special Instructions: Smears should be made prior to febrile paroxysm. If fever is unpredictable, do fingerstick at the beginning of temperature rise.

OC Power Word: LMALARIA

Lab/Phone: 330-543-8416

TAT: 24 hours

Additional Info: Reference range: No organisms seen

CPT Code: 87207

Synonyms: Malaria Smear; Malaria Parasites; Parasites Blood

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