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Test Code MALSM Malaria Smear

Performing Laboratory

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

Specimen Requirements

Lavender top tube

Required volume 3.0 ml

Specimen Transport Temperature and Stability

Send to laboratory immediately

Stable 24 hours if refrigerated at 2° to 8° C

Specimen Minimum Volume

1.0 ml

Reasons for Rejection

Quantity not sufficient (QNS)

Lacking Two Patient Identifiers:

         1-Patient's First & Last name 

         2-Patient's Date of Birth

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Routine - same day

Additional Information

Diagnosis of malaria, parasitic infestation of blood, evaluation of febrile disease of unknown origin.  One negative result does not rule out the possibility of parasitic infestation.  If protozoal, filarial or trypanosomal infection is strongly suspected, test should be performed at least three times with samples obtained at different times in the fever cycle.


Microscopic examination of thick and thin peripheral blood.  Wright’s Giemsa smears.

Performing Department


Test Classification and CPT Coding

87207  -  Smear, primary source with interpretation; special stain for inclusion bodies or parasites

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