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Test Code BPEX PARASITE EXAM, BLOOD

Important Note

Blood Parasite examination consists of examinating a thin and thick smear microscopically in conjunction with the BinaxNOW Malaria Immunochromographic Assay: Please specify if malaria is in the differential diagnosis indicated in the order. BinaxNow Malaria is a Rapid method for determining circulating Plasmodium antigen in a patient’s blood. The Microbiology Laboratory performs BinaxNOW Assay 24 hours a day as a Stat exam.
Three orders/specimens are necessary to rule out a parasite infection.

Additional Codes

Primary ID

SQ Code

Epic Code

MayoAccess ID

BPEX

BPEX LAB2545 FAH5192

 

Specimen Information

Container

Specimen

Temperature

Collect Vol

Submit Vol

Minimum Vol

Stability
Lavender Top Tube Whole Blood

Refrigerate

2.5 mL 2.5 mL 1.5 mL *
**Lavender Microtainer     0.6 mL      

*Fresh Specimen is critical. If blood is not expected to arrive in lab within 2-4 hours of collection then prepare 3 thin film slides and 2 thick smears from specimen. Send slides along with original specimen. Include patient’s travel history when available. Blood films are examined for Malaria, Trypanosomes, Microfilaria, and Babesia.

**While a microtainer is an optional tube type in rare circumstances, it is not recommended.

 

Test Schedule / Analytical Time / Test Priority

Daily / 24 Hours / Available STAT

Method

Microscopic Examination, Antigen testing for Plasmodium

CPT(s)

Description CPT Code
Special Stain for Parasites 87207
Thick Smear Prep 87015

BinaxNOW, if indicated

87899

 

Instrumentation

Manual Method

Reference Range

No blood parasite seen. Positives are reported by phone immediately.

Section

Microbiology-2

Performing Location

University of Vermont Medical Center

Is the UVMMC lab NY State Certified to perform this testing?  Yes/No

Yes

LOINC Code Information

Order Code Reporting Name LOINC Code
BPEX Parasite Exam, Blood 24429-3