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TEST NAME: Malaria (Plasmodium) Species by Real Time DNA PCR

CPT CODE: 87798
NGMC CODE: PLASPC
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS:
1. 1 EDTA tube of whole blood. Do not transfer to a transport tube. Refrigerate.
2. 2 thin blood slides and 2 thick blood slides made from a fingerstick or from drops of blood from needle following venipuncture. There should be NO contact with any type of anticoagulant. To prepare blood films, use only clean, grease-free slides.
DEPT/TURNAROUND: Send Out/2-3 days
METHODOLOGY: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe
REFERENCE RANGES:
Negative (no Plasmodium DNA detected)

A positive result indicates the presence of plasmodium nucleic acid and melting curve analysis indicates the infecting species.

 

                                                                                                                                                         


 

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