Specimen: 2 air dried peripheral blood smears (1 thick and 1 thin) OR 2 mL (1 mL min.) whole blood from 1 Lavender Top (EDTA) tube OR 2 mL (1 mL min.) Hydrocele fluid. Draw specimen between 12 midnight to 2 am. Ship refrigerated. DO NOT FREEZE. Submit Skin Snip in a normal saline
Stability (Room): 6 hrs with the exception Skin Snip at specified temperature within 72 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 72 hrs with the exception Skin Snip at specified temperature within 72 hrs
Stability (Frozen): N/A
Comment: Also see FILARIA ANTIGEN.
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 2 hrs
Usage: Filariasis is a disease resulting from parasitization by thread like of filiform worms called filariae. The embryos circulate in lymphatic tissues and blood as microfilaria leading to Lymphangitis, Lymphadenitis, Elephantiasis and Tropical eosinophilia.
Home Collection: Not Available
Pre-test Information: Specimen to be drawn between 12 midnight to 2 am for whole blood.