Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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MALARIA MOLECULAR PCR

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB3589         Geisinger Epic ID: 138817

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Whole blood
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
4 mL EDTA whole blood (minimum 1 ml) AND 2 thin blood films and 2 thick blood films submitted on clean, grease-free slides in plastic containers
Special notes:
Blood Collection Instructions: Invert several times to mix blood. Do not transfer blood to other containers. Slide Preparation Instructions: Take EDTA tube to hematology lab and have thin and thick smears made. Quest requires 2 thin and 2 thick smears. Thin smears should be fixed, thick are not fixed. Send to Quest:EDTA tube and 4 smears

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
Blood Collection Instructions: Invert several times to mix blood. Do not transfer blood to other containers. Slide Preparation Instructions: Take EDTA tube to hematology lab and have thin and thick smears made. Quest requires 2 thin and 2 thick smears. Thin smears should be fixed, thick are not fixed. Send to Quest: EDTA tube and 4 smears 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated.
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 7 day s. Refrigerated: 7 days. Frozen: Not established.
Rejection criteria:
Gross hemolysis, gross lipemia

TEST DETAILS
CPT code(s):
87798
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Detection and confirmatory identification of Plasmodium species: P falciparum, P vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae, and P. knowlesi.
Methodology:
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
DNA Probe Hybridization
Synonyms:
Quest test code LAC 39729, Mal Mole PCR
Clinical significance:
Detection of Plasmodium DNA and identification of the infecting species

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Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Monday through Sunday, report available 3 days    
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