Item Value
Test name Leishmania Exam
Available Stat? No
Turn around times
Giemsa smears 1-3 days
PCR/Sequencing 6 weeks
In House Availability Monday-Thursday before 12:30 pm
Performed by Microbiology
Normal range No Leishmania seen or detected
Container type
Biopsy/tissue Sterile container
Lesion aspirate: Sterile container or syringe capped with Luer plug
Bone marrow: Lavender top (EDTA)
Amount to Collect
Tissue/biopsy 4 mm punch biopsies x 1-2
Lesion aspirate or bone marrow 0.5 mL
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.

Include travel/residence history on requisition.
Sample type
Cutaneous/mucocutanous leishmaniasis Tissue/biopsy, lesion aspirate
Visceral leishmaniasis bone marrow

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667