- Patient Preparation
- Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA).
- Specimen Preparation
- Transport 1 mL whole blood. (Min: 0.5 mL)
- Storage/Transport Temperature
- Unacceptable Conditions
- Heparinized specimens.
- Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 week
Detection of asymptomatic parasitemia in individuals from malaria-endemic areas is possible. Therefore, this test should only be used in conjunction with patient travel history and symptoms consistent with malaria. Only circulating parasites within the blood will be detected in this assay. Latent phase hypnozoites of Plasmodiumovale and Plasmodium vivax may not be detected.
Mixed infections (eg, multiple Plasmodium spp. present) may not be accurately identified if parasitemia is significantly higher for one of the Plasmodium spp.
This test will not detect other blood-borne parasites such as Babesia spp. and Trypanosomes, which may have similar clinical presentation. A negative result on this assay does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or assay-specific nucleic acid in concentrations below the level of detection by the assay.
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|2004964||Malaria Speciation PCR, P. falciparum||41447-4|
|2004966||Malaria Speciation PCR, P. knowlesi||47085-6|
|2004968||Malaria Speciation PCR, P. vivax||41450-8|
|2004970||Malaria Speciation PCR, P. malariae||41448-2|
|2004972||Malaria Speciation PCR, P. ovale||41449-0|
- Plasmodium falciparum
- Plasmodium knowlesi
- Plasmodium malariae
- Plasmodium ovale
- Plasmodium vivax