A Parasite Examination Blood Test is used to establish the diagnosis of Plasmodium or other parasitic infection; diagnose malArial parasitic infestation of blood; evaluate febrile disease of unknown origin.
Also Known As: Blood Smear for Parasites ; Loa loa Smear ; Microfilarial Smear ; Parasitology Examination for Malaria ; Plasmodium Smear ; Wuchereria Smear
Methodology: Wright stain; microscopic examination of thick and thin peripheral blood smears stained with Romanovsky dye (in particular Giemsa). Thick films are more difficult to interpret but greatly increase sensitivity (by concentrating cells and organisms). Thick smears require considerable experience with malaria, as they increase the number of cells examined in a given time period by a factor of about 12.1
Preparation: No special preparation required.
Test Results: 2-3 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.