What is the role of PCR assay testing in the workup of malaria?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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PCR assay testing is a very specific and sensitive means of determining if species of Plasmodium are present in the blood of an infected individual. PCR assay tests are not available in most clinical situations. However, they are very effective at detecting the Plasmodium species in patients with parasitemias as low as 10 parasites/mL of blood.


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