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Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code BLPA
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$$
In House Availability 7 days
Principle During some stages in their life cycles, species of Plasmodium (malaria), Trypanosoma, Leishmania, filaria, and Babesia may be detected in peripheral blood.
Thin and thick smears are made and stained with Wright's and Giemsa stains. The stained blood smears are examined microscopically for the presence of blood parasites. If microfilariae are suspected, check "Other" box and write "Microfilaria" in the Parasitology section of the Microbiology Requisition (See Blood Parasites, Blood, Microfilaria).
Container type lavender top tube (EDTA)
Amount to Collect 4 mL
Collection Instructions Deliver to Microbiology immediately.
Sample type Whole blood
Synonyms Babesia;Blood Parasites;Leishmania;Malaria Thin and Thick Smears;Microfilaria;Plasmodium (Malaria);Trypanosomes, Parasitology Examination;
Stability Keep blood at room temperature; deliver immediately to the Lab. Blood smears should be prepared within 1 hour after specimen was drawn. After that, organism morphology may be distorted and staining quality decreased, which may hinder organism identification.
References Garcia, LS, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, 5th Ed., ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87207
Last Updated 8/19/2009 1:32:31 PM
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