Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Film - examination for malaria, filaria, and/or gonococci Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionThis test is performed to provide evidence of the presence of malaria parasites in human blood. Its ordered in diagnosis of malaria.
Patient PreparationNo special preparations required
Sample volumeOne drop per smear
Sample collection ContainerSterile glass slide
Sample collection instructionsBlood obtained by pricking a finger or earlobe is prefered. Both thick and thin blood films should be prepared.
Sample storageSample maintained at room temperature for no longer than 24 to 48 hours.
Reference range1% - 10% parasitemia
Results Turnaround2 -4 days after receipt of samples
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsNumber of parasitized RBC greater than 10% indicates malaria disease.