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Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code OPSD, OPDP, OPDI
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle Body fluids are examined microscopically as wet mounts for the presence of parasites. If volume is sufficient, the fluid is concentrated and the sediment examined. A Giesma stained smear of the fluid or sediment may be made.
Container type sterile, screw-capped container
Collection Instructions Call the Laboratory Medicine Resident in Microbiology (206-5699 or pager 415-443-1438) when you plan to collect a body fluid (e.g., CSF, peritoneal or pleural fluid) at a site involving a parasite. Appropriate collection and handling of the specimen will be planned.
Synonyms Toxoplasma, Tissues and Body Fluids Examination;Trypanosomes, Parasitology Examination;
Stability Hold specimen at room temperature. Deliver to the Microbiology Lab (2M33) as soon as possible. Do not refrigerate.

Additional information Indicate the parasite suspected in the Parasitology section on the Microbiology requisition.
References Garcia, LS, Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, 5th Ed., ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2007.
CPT coding 87210
Last Updated 4/30/2011 10:37:39 AM
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