Malarial Parasite detection test by smear examination is done to check the level or volume of the malaria parasite in the blood. It is also done after the course of treatment is over to check presence for traces of Malaria parasite. The test is also commonly known as PBS for MP Smear Blood, MP Smear Blood, Malarial Parasite Smear Examination, and peripheral Blood Smear Malaria Parasite PBS for MP and Smear Blood.
Procedure involved in Malaria Parasite Smear examination test
Malaria Parasite Smear examination test is performed by using the Smear method on the Blood sample. The microscopic helps to visualize malaria parasite under a microscope. The microscopic image of parasite blood is known to be the most used technique by doctors to diagnose malaria. The specialist usually performs a microscopic test that includes Quantitative Buffy Coat (QBC) test and peripheral smear study.
The surface or area, from where the blood is to be drawn, is cleaned with the help of an antiseptic
The doctor takes the sample of the blood by using a sterile swab
The needle is inserted into the vein and then the nozzle is withdrawn
The specialist then applies a bit of pressure on the area for the easy flow of blood
Cotton or gauze is used to stop bleeding
Then the blood sample is sent to the laboratory
Why get tested?
The test is performed by the doctor to diagnose presence of malaria parasite and its products/antigens in the blood. The efficiency of the test depends on various factors. The thin smear helps the doctor to detect malaria species which includes quantifying parasitemia, diagnosing mixed infections, and also evaluating the occurrence of schizonts, malarial pigment, and gametocytes in monocytes and neutrophils. The malaria parasite smear examination test provides the complete data on the stages, the volume of the parasitemia and species.
This test includes
MALARIA PARASITE / BLOOD PARASITE IDENTIFICATION
There are no particular preparations required for Malaria Parasite Smear examination test. However, the patient should inform the doctor about the health conditions and as well as on-going medications before undergoing the test. The doctor would give the specific instruction after knowing about the medications and health conditions.