Leishmania Species Culture - Blood/Bone Marrow- Price, Normal Range | Sprint Diagnostics Hyderabad
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The Leishmania Species Culture is a diagnostic test performed to identify and isolate the Leishmania parasites in blood or bone marrow samples. Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection transmitted through the bite of infected sandflies. There are various forms of leishmaniasis, including cutaneous leishmaniasis which affects the skin, and visceral leishmaniasis (also known as Kala-azar) which affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow.
Culturing the Leishmania species from blood or bone marrow samples is an essential tool in the diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis. A definite diagnosis allows for prompt and appropriate treatment, which is crucial for tackling the disease.
|Leishmania Species Culture - Blood/Bone Marrow
|Peripheral Blood/Bone Marrow
|No special preparation is required before the test.
|Price in Hyderabad
What is Leishmaniasis?
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection caused by the Leishmania species. It is transmitted through the bite of infected sandflies. The disease can manifest in different forms, the most severe of which is visceral leishmaniasis that affects internal organs.
What is the purpose of the Leishmania Species Culture test?
This test aims to culture and isolate the Leishmania parasites from blood or bone marrow samples. It is crucial in diagnosing visceral leishmaniasis and determining the appropriate course of treatment.
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How is the sample collected?
For a blood sample, blood is drawn from a vein in the arm. For a bone marrow sample, a needle is inserted into a bone (usually the hip) to extract a small amount of bone marrow.
Is the bone marrow sampling procedure painful?
Patients may experience discomfort or pain during the bone marrow sampling. Local anesthesia is used to minimize pain during the procedure.
What is the difference between cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis?
Cutaneous leishmaniasis primarily affects the skin, causing ulcers and sores. Visceral leishmaniasis affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow, causing symptoms like fever, weight loss, and anemia.
What are the symptoms of visceral leishmaniasis?
Symptoms include prolonged fever, weight loss, fatigue, anemia, and enlargement of the spleen and liver. If left untreated, visceral leishmaniasis can be fatal.
How is Leishmaniasis treated?
Leishmaniasis is treated with antiparasitic medications. The type of medication and duration of treatment may vary based on the form of leishmaniasis and the strain of the parasite.
Is Leishmaniasis preventable?
Preventing sandfly bites is essential for reducing the risk of leishmaniasis. This can be done by using insect repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants, and sleeping under bed nets treated with insecticides.
Can Leishmaniasis recur after treatment?
Yes, in some cases, leishmaniasis can recur. This is known as a relapse and may necessitate further treatment.
What do the results of the Leishmania Species Culture test indicate?
If the culture is positive, it indicates the presence of Leishmania parasites in the blood or bone marrow, confirming a diagnosis of leishmaniasis. A negative culture does not necessarily rule out the disease, and additional tests may be required.
What are the risks associated with bone marrow sampling?
Although generally safe, bone marrow sampling can be associated with pain, bleeding, and infection. The risks vary among individuals and should be discussed with the healthcare provider.
Is there a vaccine for Leishmaniasis?
As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, there is no vaccine available for leishmaniasis. Research is ongoing to develop an effective vaccine.
What should I do if I suspect I have Leishmaniasis?
If you suspect you have leishmaniasis, especially if you have traveled to an area where the disease is endemic or have been exposed to sandflies, you should consult a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Leishmaniasis is a serious disease that can be fatal if not properly treated. The Leishmania Species Culture test from blood or bone marrow is an important diagnostic tool, especially for cases of visceral leishmaniasis. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are critical for managing the disease effectively. Preventive measures should also be taken to avoid sandfly bites, especially in areas where leishmaniasis is common. If you have any symptoms or are at risk of leishmaniasis, it is important to seek medical attention promptly.
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