Malaria Detection and Speciation, Qualitative by Real-Time PCR
2004963
Ordering Recommendation
 
Mnemonic
MALARIAPCR
Methodology
Qualitative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-3 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA).
   
Specimen Preparation
Transport 1 mL whole blood. (Min: 0.5 mL)  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.

 
 
   
Unacceptable Conditions
Heparinized specimens.  
Remarks
  
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 week
   
Reference Interval
   
Interpretive Data
This qualitative test is intended only for the speciation of suspected malaria infections. It is not intended to monitor treatment or to be used on repeat specimens for evaluation of parasitic clearance. A positive result may still be obtained in the absence of visible parasites.

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.

See Compliance Statement B: www.aruplab.com/CS  
Note
 
CPT Code(s)
87798 x5
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
2004964Malaria Speciation PCR, P. falciparum
2004966Malaria Speciation PCR, P. knowlesi
2004968Malaria Speciation PCR, P. vivax
2004970Malaria Speciation PCR, P. malariae
2004972Malaria Speciation PCR, P. ovale
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Aliases
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • Plasmodium knowlesi
  • Plasmodium malariae
  • Plasmodium ovale
  • Plasmodium vivax