Pathology Handbook

Malarial parasites

Synonyms

MP; Thick and Thin films

Clinical Indications

P.U.O., Rigors, temperature fluctuations, flu-like symptoms after travel to a malarial area

Test Includes

Thin film 
Thick film 
Malaria antigen card
Full Blood Count

Request Form 

Request via ICE

Availability

On request routine working day. If clinical need requires urgent testing outside of routine working hours then the OOH staff must be contacted

Patient Preparation

None

Turnaround Time

Same day (routine working day) 4 hours for all tests

Specimen

EDTA

Volume

4.5 ml

Container

Purple top (EDTA) tube

Vacutainer purple top

Causes for Rejection

Incorrect sample identification, clotted, gross haemolysis, age of sample (in excess of 4 hours old

Reference Range

Films with evidence of malaria parasites will be reviewed by a Consultant Haematologist for confirmation and speciation