Item Value
Test name Trypanosome Exam
Available Stat? No
Turn around times 1-3 days
In House Availability Monday-Thursday before 12:30 pm
Performed by Microbiology
Normal range No Trypanosoma species seen/detected
Container type
Blood Lavender or Dark Green top
CSF CSF tube or sterile collection tube
Heart biopsy for CDC PCR Testing Sterile collection tube with saline or FFPE material
Amount to Collect
Blood 3 mL
CSF 1 mL
Heart biopsy for CDC PCR Testing 3 cubic mm (fresh or from FFPE material)
Collection Instructions Collect blood prior to anti-parasitic therapy.

Contact parasitologist in Microbiology (x31268) prior to collection to discuss appropriate sample type and collection instructions.

Collect and deliver the specimen directly to the laboratory within 30 minutes of collection Monday-Thursday before 12:30 pm.

Include travel/residence history on requisition.
Sample type EDTA whole blood, CSF
Heart biopsy in sterile saline or FFPE

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