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|In House Availability||Monday - Friday, day shift only|
|Method||Microscopic examination of thick and thin Giemsa stained smears|
|Collection Instructions||Samples should be taken during bouts of fever as spirochetes are most likely to be present. Call Microbiology (x3-1268) and inform the staff of the need to look for the spirochetes of B. duttoni or B. recurrentis.
Request test on the Microbiology requisition.
|Container type||Lavender top|
|Amount to Collect||3 mL blood|
|Sample type||EDTA whole blood|
|Preferred volume||3 mL blood|
|Min. Volume||1 mL blood|
|Processing notes||Prepare thin and thick smears immediately upon sample receipt.|
|Turn around times||1-3 days|
|Additional information||The agents which cause Relapsing Fever may be very difficult to detect if the reviewer is not aware of the need to look for them.
No serologic test is available for these organisms.
|Last Updated||6/28/2010 2:29:29 PM|
If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667