Leishmania Serology

This test is referred to another lab outside our network
This does not affect where samples are sent and where your results are issued.
Sample sent to Hospital for Tropical Diseases (PHE National Parasitology Reference Lab) referral laboratory for Leishmania serology testing. Negative serology does not exclude the diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis (particularly in sera from HIV positive patients). Serology is not helpful in the diagnosis of cutaneous infections.
Clinical details: 
Leishmania infection can cause a wide spectrum of disease, including cutaneous, muco-cutaneous, and visceral manifestations. Travel history, exposure history, and history of intra-venous drug use is important to determine the risk of leishmaniasis. All suspected cases should be discussed with an infection specialist.
Reference range: 

Reference laboratory report

Sample type and Volume required: 
500 ul serum or 2.5 – 5ml Yellow Top Serum Separation Tube (SST) Clotted Blood (for serum).
Turnaround time: 
14 days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). To prevent sample haemolysis please store samples in refrigerator if a delay in sending samples to CSR is unavoidable.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 24/11/2017