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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / Malaria parasites

Malaria parasites


TestMalaria parasites
Common AbbreviationsMP
ProfileFBC & Routine blood film added on the same sample
Clinical IndicationThe female anopheles mosquito transmits malaria Likely affected persons will be those who have travelled from, to or through malaria -affected areas. Thin and Thick films are preparation and morphologically assess for the presence of malaria parasite and sub-type. These are 2nd checked by a biomedical scientist or with use of a antigen test kit .
Specimen Type
Sample TypeEDTA
Minimum Volume1 x 3 mL (adult) 1 x 0.5 mL (paed)
Special PrecautionsMust be at least half filled
Stability3 hours
Turnaround Time1-2 hours ( all treated as urgent, please inform Haematology BMS staff)
LaboratoryYork & Scarborough Hospital
Reference IntervalQualitative
LimitationsA single test where no parasites are detected cannot rule out malaria. Always repeat for confirmation, especially if clinical sysmptoms persist.
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