DIAGNOSTIC SUPPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PARASITOLOGY


 

The Department provides laboratory diagnosis of parasitic diseases to the following hospitals and centres and any other health institutions needing diagnostic assistance.

Disease Category Test Specimen
(Required Volume/Quantity)
Blood Borne Parasites
Blood Borne Parasites
Malaria Thick smear for the detection of parasites Intravenous blood (0.5ml) or finger prick blood (100ul) IV blood in an EDTA bottle, finger prick blood can be sent in a capillary tube
Malaria Thin smear for species identification Intravenous blood (0.5ml) or finger prick blood (100ul) IV blood in an EDTA bottle, finger prick blood can be sent in a capillary tube
Filariasis Thick smear for the detection of parasites Intravenous blood (0.5ml) or finger prick blood (100ul) IV blood in an EDTA bottle, finger prick blood can be sent in a capillary tube
Filariasis Thin smear for species identification Intravenous blood (0.5ml) or finger prick blood (100ul) IV blood in an EDTA bottle, finger prick blood can be sent in a capillary tube
Leishmaniasis (cutaeneous) Microscopy of stained Smear Slit Skin Smear -
Leishmaniasis (cutaeneous) PCR Skin Biopsy -
Leishmaniasis (Visceral) Rapid Immunochromatographic test (ICT) Serum (0.5ml) In a plain bottle
Leishmaniasis (Visceral) Anti-Leishmania antibody Serum (0.5ml) In a plain bottle
Leishmaniasis (Visceral) Microscopy of stained Smear for Intravenous blood (2ml). The test is done using the buffy coat. In an EDTA bottle, transported preferably in ice
Leishmaniasis (Visceral) PCR bone marrow aspirate (0.5 ml or less) In an EDTA bottle, must be transported in ice
Parasites of the Intestinal Tract
Nematode worm infections Identification of parasitic worms Macroscopic specimens of worms In formal saline
Taeniasis and other cestode worm infections Identification of parasitic worms Macroscopic specimens of worms In formal saline
Amobiasis, balantidiasis, giaridiasis, non pathogenic protozans, nematode worm infections and cestode worm infections Stool Full Report (AOC) Faeces (1 g) In a clean wide mouth container
Nematode worm infections Kato Katz (cellophane thick smear) for nematode egg quantification Faeces (1 g) In a clean wide mouth container
Cryptosporidiosis Modified Zeil Neelson stained smear Faeces (1 g) In a clean wide mouth container
Enterobius (pin worm) infections Graham’s scotch tape method Graham’s scotch taped specimen obtained from peri anal region Tape pasted on a clean glass
Strongyloidiasis Stool culture (Harada Mori) Faeces (1 g) In a clean wide mouth container
Strongyloidiasis Stool culture (agar plate) Faeces (1 g) In a clean wide mouth container
Parasites Found in Other Sites
Trichomoniasis Wet smear Vaginal swab/early morning urine sample Vaginal swab dipped in normal saline, Urine in a clean container
Trichomoniasis Culture Vaginal swab/early morning urine sample Vaginal swab dipped in normal saline, urine in a clean container
Hydatic disease (Echinococcosis) Microscopy of the cyst fluid Cyst fluid (1ml) In a clean bottle
Dirofilaria (zoonotic filariasis) Microscopy of stained Smear Biopsy sample or worm if extracted In formal saline
Disease causing vectors Examination under the dissecting microscope and dissection of the specimen as required Entomological specimens -