Malaria Parasites

Description: 
Initial malaria screen is by blood film and also by fluorescent microscopy to detect the presence of malarial parasites in peripheral blood. Confirmatory follow up tests performed using immunochromogenic technology and thick and thin films, which help identify the species. Parasite counts are reported for P. Falciparum.
Final report and confirmation is made by lead Microbiologist.
Clinical details: 
A negative result does not exclude malaria.
If clinically indicated, a repeat test should be performed.
Reference range: 

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Synonyms or keywords: 
QBC; Rapid malaria test; Plasmodium.
Units: 
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Sample type and Volume required: 
Whole blood collected into EDTA anticoagulant
Call in advance: 
N/A
Turnaround time: 
Test performed 24*7 hrs Results available within 24 hours
Special sample instructions: 

Sample should be less than 24 hrs old. Please include information on recent travel history.
Due to recent concerns regarding VHF the laboratory cannot proceed with testing until information on travel history is received, this may delay testing if not received with initial request.

Storage and transport: 
EDTA
Contacts:
Blood Sciences Department-Guy's And St Thomas' Hospital
Result Query: 020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Contact: 020 7188 9247

Guy's Hospital
Southwark Wing - 4th Floor
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Contact: 020 7188 4781
Haematology Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas' Clinical Advisory Service
Routine hours: bleep 1358
Paediatrics Routine hours: bleep 1621

Out of hours, weekend and bank holidays: 17:00-9:00 bleep 0294
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015