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  • Parasite Exam - Malaria

Parasite Exam - Malaria

Tube Type

Test ID   LAB883
EPIC Order
  Malaria Smear
CPT Code(s)   87207
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Clinical Microbiology, 984-974-1805
Tube Station   82
Specimen Routine: Blood/Lavender Top Tube;  See Important Comments.
Availability Routine: 24 hours/7 days
  STAT: Yes
Turnaround Time  

2 hours.
If organisms are present, identification may require longer time. Physician will be advised.

Reference Range    

For Outreach locations-please contact Microbiology for collections instructions at 984-974-1805.  (All other locations, see below).

Collect sample just after fever spikes.  Send to the Lab as quickly as possible.  Do Not Refrigerate.

Travel history required when ordering.

Multiple specimens for blood parasites are suggested to adequately rule out malaria/Babesia. A single negative specimen does not rule out the presence of blood parasites.

If Trypanasomes or other hemoflagellates are suspected, contact the Parasitology Laboratory (984-974-1830) for information on specimen collection and timing.

Reviewed by jcayless on December 14, 2017

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514