Blood parasite exam, thick & thin giemsa stain

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure:  MPAR001A
CPT: 87207 


Parasitology; malaria examination; Babesia examination

Requisition Form


Test Description

Microscopic morphological examination for the detection and identification of blood parasites

Pre-Approval Needed


Supplemental Information Required

  • Travel history
  • Transfusion history
  • Organism suspected 

Supplemental Form(s)


Performed on Specimens from (sources)


Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

  • Prepared peripheral blood smears, thick and thin, and/or
  • Whole blood (EDTA)

Minimum Volume/Size Required

1 mL

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping


  • Smears only

2-8°C (cold):

  • Whole blood
  • Smears may be submitted cold with whole blood specimens 

Transport Medium


Specimen Labeling

  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.

Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements

Ship samples: 

  • According to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49
  • Handling as infectious agent using universal precautions
  • Triple-contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents
  • As Biological Substance Category B
  • Cold on ice pack


Microscopic examination of giemsa stained thick and thin smears

Turn-around Time

3 days


  • Blood smears should be prepared as soon as possible after collection
  • Antibiotics may diminish the numbers of protozoa

Common Causes for Rejection

  • No specimen received;
  • Expired media
  • No identifiers on container
  • Unreadable blood smears

Additional Information

  • Call Medical Parasitology at 512-776-7560 with questions about specimen collection and handling.
  • Call Lab Reporting at 512-776-7578 with questions about submission forms.
  • Call Specimen Acquisition at 512-776-7569 with questions about shipping.