Parasites, Tissue Smear Print

WSLH Department: CDD - Communicable Disease Division
WSLH Test Code: MP00881
Availability: Daily, Monday -Friday; Weekends or after hours call WSLH 24/7 number 1-608-263-3280.
Turn-around Time: Same day
Recommended Uses: Diagnosis of tissue parasites
Additional Tests Performed:
Patient Preparations: Tissue specimens should be placed in sterile saline; aspirates, slides and sterile body fluid should be placed in a sealed, sterile container
Specimen Requirements: Tissue, aspirate or sterile body fluid, Giemsa-stained slides, jpeg file images for telediagnosis
Specimen Handling & Transport: Tissues and Fluids: Room temperature within 24 hours of collection

Slides: Room temperature for up to 1 week
Collection Kit/Container:
Collection Instructions:
Unacceptable Conditions:
Requisition Form: CDD Requisition Form A
Patient Travel History Form
Required Information: Patient history is critical for the diagnosis and identification of tissue parasites. Include travel history, bug bites, and water exposure. In addition to the information mentioned above, patient history submitted should include any foreign travel (destination, dates), prophylaxis or treatment received, symptoms (periodicity?), arthropod/ insect exposure and bites, blood transfusion, other. Laboratory regulations require the following minimum information to be provided on the requisition form for a specimen to be accepted for testing: Patient name or unique identifier; date and time of collection, patient date of birth and sex, specimen type/site of collection, test request(s), clinician name and UPIN, and address for reporting results. Please be certain that name/identifier on the form matches that on the specimen label.
Results Include: Identification of parasite found. No parasites found.
Limitations: One set of negative smears does not exclude parasite infection in a patient; further testing of multiple specimens may be required. Some parasites (Toxoplasma, Microsporidia) require specialized testing and will not be detected using this method.
Additional Tests Recommended:
Additional Comments: Please notify lab prior to submission. Additional testing may be recommended.
Methodology: Microscopic analysis
Includes: Analysis of Giemsa-stained tissue, aspirate or body fluid smears for the diagnosis and identification of tissue parasites which include Leishmania sp., Microfilariae, Onchocerca volvulus and Trypanosoma sp.
CPT Code: 87207
Price: $63.00
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