Laboratory: Microbial Reference and Molecular Detection and Characterization
Test Description: Confirmation and identification of blood parasites.
Order Approval Required? Prior notification to specimen submission is requested.
Specimen Type: EDTA blood tube
Collection Container: EDTA blood tube
- EDTA blood - one pediatric tube is the minimum and one 7 ml tube is the maximum
- Two thick smears
- Two thin smears
Collection Guidelines: Wright or Giemsa stained thick and thin smears from same blood draw; prepared within one hour of collection.
Storage Container: Not Applicable
Storage Instructions: EDTA blood tubes store at 2-8°C; Blood smears store at room temperature
Transportation Instructions: EDTA blood tubes may be transported by courier at room temperature, and then refrigerated (2-8°C) upon receipt for longer storage.
Test Methodology: Microscopy and Molecular methods
Additional Information: Provide a detailed history of travel and clinical symptoms to aid in the diagnosis of the disease since most parasites are geographically specific.
Causes For Rejection:
- blood submitted without EDTA preservative
- broken slides
- slides prepared beyond 1 hour of the blood draw
Possible Results: Full isolate identification. Isolate may be forwarded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing if necessary.