The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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Keywords: Malaria antigen
5 mL blood in EDTA; 2 mL blood in special paediatric EDTA tube.
Antigen detection by immunochromatography.
As an adjunct to blood film microscopy for the diagnosis of malaria.
Testing is rapid and simpler to perform and interpret than thick and thin films, but is insufficiently sensitive to be used as a substitute.
The Plasmodium species that can be detected depend on the specific test used. Some tests detect only Plasmodium falciparum. For tests that detect more than one species, the sensitivity is not equal for all of the species. Mixed infections may be missed.
A positive result indicates malarial infection. However, positive results may persist for three or more weeks after successful therapy. False negatives occur. The test is not quantitative and cannot indicate the stages of malarial parasite present.
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Its mission is to train and support pathologists and senior scientists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.
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