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Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code BXTP, GIEM
Performed by? Microbiology (Parasitology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Mon. - Fri., day shift
Principle A Giemsa-stained touch preparation may demonstrate the presence of specific organisms such as Toxoplasma tachyzoites and cysts, Cryptococcus, Histoplasma and CMV. Culture for fungi, AFB, bacteria and viruses can be done on the same specimen.
Container type sterile, screw-capped container or tube
Collection Instructions Call the Laboratory Medicine Resident in Microbiology Division (206-5699 or pager 415-443-1438) when you plan to collect a tissue biopsy or perform an operation at a site involving a parasite. Appropriate collection and handling of the specimen will be planned. Portions of tissue specimens which may contain a parasite should be sent to Microbiology, as well as to Anatomic Pathology.
Sample type Tissue
Synonyms Giemsa Stain;Toxoplasma, Tissues and Body Fluids Examination;
Stability Deliver to Microbiology Laboratory (2M33) as soon as possible.
Additional information FOR OTHER TISSUE BIOPSY

Examination for Microorganisms by Touch Preparation or Culture:

Always call the Microbiology Resident (206-8576 or pager 415-443-1438) prior to starting a brain or other biopsy procedure where microbiological diagnosis may be important. A touch preparation can be done to make a rapid diagnosis of microorganisms. To request a Touch Prep, make the "Parasitology Other" box on the Microbiology Requisition and write in "Touch Prep." The biopsy must be kept moist and handled aseptically. Collect on Telfa or gauze barely moistened with non-bacteriostatic saline. Fold Telfa or gauze over specimen and place in sterile screw-cap tube or specimen container. Do not float in saline or place in fixative.
References 1. Isenberg, HD (ed), Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 2nd ed., ASM Press, Washington DC, 2004.

2. Ng VL, Yajko D, Hadley WK: Update on Laboratory Tests for the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Disease in HIV-1–Infected Individuals, in Seminars in Respiratory Infections, Vol 8, No 2 (June) 1993: pp 86-95.

CPT coding 87207
Last Updated 5/2/2011 5:14:22 PM
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