|Methodology||Fresh and Concentrated, Microscopic Examination|
|Description||Useful for detection of the microfilariae of the lymphatic filariases (not onchocerciasis) in the peripheral blood by stained smears
and / or a concentration technique.
|Specimen||Draw blood in light blue-top (sodium citrate) tube(s), and send 4.5 mL (minimum: 2.0 mL) of sodium citrate whole blood. Certain of the microfilariae have a nocturnal periodicity, and the blood specimen is best taken at night, between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
NOTE: Please complete a "Microbiology Request From" (Supply T244) and forward it with the specimen. This form is supplied by NorDx.
If positive, organism is identified.
|Analytic Time||1 Day|
|Day(s) Test Set Up||Monday through Friday|