Manual microscopy method and immunochromatograhpic assay for malaria antigen.
Diagnosis of malaria, or microfilaria infestation of blood. The malaria antigen test (Binax Now Malaria; Alere) is intended to aid in the rapid diagnosis of human malaria infections and to aid in the differential diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum infections from other less virulent malarial infections. Negative results are confirmed by thin and thick smear microscopy.
No malaria or microfilaria parasites identified. Negative for malaria antigens.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
One negative result does not rule out the possibility of parasitic infection. Clinical performance of the malaria antigen test has not been adequately established for P. ovale and P. malariae.
Days Test Performed
Daily, 24 hours
Soft Order Code
Malaria Smear (Includes Antigen Test)
Parasite Exam, Malaria Smear
Parasite Exam, Microfilaria Smear
Filariasis, Peripheral Blood Preparation
MALARIA / MICROFILARIA STAIN
MICROFILARIA DIRECT SMEAR
Trypanosoma Blood Smear
Parasite Exam, Chagas Disease
Chagas Disease Blood Smear
STAT requests for this test will be performed on a STAT basis (supervisory staff approval is not required).
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Offsite Collection Instructions
Collect specimen in a lavender top EDTA K2 tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature as soon as possible within 24 hours of collection. Specimens should be drawn immediately before a fever spike is anticipated.
3 mL EDTA K2 whole blood
2 mL EDTA K2 whole blood
Preliminary results include thin smear evaluation and malaria antigen testing, followed by a thick smear evaluation of stained slides. Test includes pathologist interpretation of results. This test is not available without interpretation.