Parasites - blood

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Item Process
Specimen

5 mL blood in EDTA tube.

Method

Microscopic examination of thin and thick films for malaria and other parasites.

Application

Diagnosis of malaria.

Monitoring therapy of Plasmodium falciparum malaria with parasite counts.

Detection of other exotic parasitic infections.

Interpretation

Detection and species identification of intra-erythrocytic forms of malaria.

See also Malaria antigen.

Rarely, detection of other exotic intra-erythrocytic organisms (eg, Bartonella bacilliformis, Babesia spp) and detection and identification of exotic extracellular parasites (trypanosomes, microfilariae and Loa loa).

See also Filaria - bloodTrypanosomes - blood.

Reference

Garcia LS. Diagnostic Medical Parasitology. 4th ed. ASM Press 2001.

Bain NJ. Blood Cells. 3rd ed. Blackwell 2002.