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Test Code MALH Malaria Smear

Specimen Type

Blood

Container/Tube

Lavender top, EDTA

Turnaround Time

24 hours

STAT Days and Times Performed

24/7

Days and Times Performed

24/7

Method Name

Wright Giemsa stain light microscopy

Test Includes

Examination of thick and thin smears. If positive, includes speciation and percent parasitemia. 

Preferred Volume

4 mL

STAT Turnaround Time

1 hour

Critical Results

Presence of parasites

Fee Code

53585

Specimen Minimum Volume

  • 2 mL blood in 4 mL tube
  • 1.5 mL blood in 3 mL tube.
  • If a microvette is collected, the minimum volume is 250 µL

CPT

87207

Reference Values

No organisms identified