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Test Code MAL Malaria Smear

Additional Information

The laboratory will report the presence of Plasmodium sp. (malaria), Babesia and Trypanosomes. Please call Microbiology at 413-322-4122 if other blood parasites are suspected.

Collection Container

Lavender (EDTA)

Specimen Required

Whole Blood

Special Handling Instructions

Transport to the laboratory within 2 hours, 1 hour preferred

Specimen Volume

5 mL

Minimum Specimen Volume

3 mL

Transport Temperature

Room temperature

Specimen Stability

Smears should be prepared within 1 hour of collection, no longer than 2 hours.

Reasons for Rejection

If other blood specimens are being collected, a separate lavender tube must be collected. This tube cannot be shared.

Days and Times Performed

7 days/week

Turnaround Time

4-24 hours

Reference Ranges

No blood parasites observed on thin and thick smears.



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