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Leishmania, Giemsa Stain

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P403L
Test group Leishmania
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Monday-Friday, day shift
Method Giemsa stain of smears
Collection Instructions Contact parasitologist in Microbiology Lab x31268 prior to obtaining specimens, and to discuss appropriate types of samples and collection instructions.
Deliver the specimen to the laboratory within 30 minutes of collection.

For Leishmania culture, collect specimens on Monday - Thursday mornings only. Do NOT collect specimens in afternoon or on Fridays, weekends, and holidays.
Container type
Biopsy/tissue Sterile container
Lesion aspirate: Sterile container or syringe capped with Luer plug
Bone marrow: Lavender top (EDTA)
Sample type
Cutaneous/mucocutaneous leishmaniasis Biopsy of edge of lesion or aspirate from edge of lesion
Visceral leishmaniasis Biopsy of liver, spleen, or lymph node, bone marrow
Ref Lab Rejection Criteria `
Normal range No Leishmania seen
Synonyms Kala azar; Cutaneous leishmaniasis; Uta; Visceral leishmaniasis
Stability Room temperature 24 hours
Turn around times 1-3 days
Additional information Lesion biopsies and aspirates can be examined by stain and/or culture in patients with cutaneous or mucocutaneous leishmaniasis. Biopsy of liver, spleen, or lymph node, or bone marrow can be examined by stain and/or culture in visceral leishmaniasis (Kala azar). A portion of any tissue sample should also be submitted to Pathology.
CPT coding 87207
Last Updated 1/17/2013 3:07:09 PM
Entry Number 603
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