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MALARIAL ANTIGEN

About the test
What is this test done for?
Malarial antigen is a specific blood test to help diagnose malaria infection.
Why is it Done?
The test is done to diagnose malaria infection when person has high fever along with other symptoms. It is also done to differentiate dengue infection and malaria infection.
When should it be performed?

The following symptoms and conditions lead to perform this test:

  • Flu like symptoms
  • High Fever with chills
  • Tiredness, weakness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Enlarged liver and spleen.

The signs and symptoms appear when the malaria parasite enters from the liver to the red blood cells. The symptoms develop within 7 days after initial infection.

-The test is also done in travellers.

How is it done
A blood sample will be collected from a vein in your arm. Fasting is not needed before sample collection.
Results
  • A Positive antigen result means the person is suffering from malaria infection.
  • A negative result means the person is not suffering from malaria, but further evaluations should be performed.
Other Tests
Peripheral smears should be performed at the time of fever. A common test CBC should be performed to rule out any other infection.
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