Malaria Detection by QBC Method- Price, Normal Range | Sprint Diagnostics Hyderabad

Patient Preparing : No specific instructions needed; fasting is not necessary for this test.

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Malaria Detection by QBC (Quantitative Buffy Coat) Method is a diagnostic test used to detect and identify the presence of malaria parasites in the blood. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. The QBC method enhances the detection of these parasites by increasing the sensitivity of malaria detection compared to traditional smear methods.

The QBC method involves the use of a special tube coated with acridine orange, a fluorescent dye. The blood sample is centrifuged in this tube, which causes the different components of the blood to separate, with the parasites concentrated at the buffy coat layer. When viewed under ultraviolet light, the malaria parasites fluoresce, making them easier to detect.

Test Name Malaria Detection by QBC Method
Sample Type Blood
Preparations Required No specific instructions needed; fasting is not necessary for this test.
Report Time 3 days
Price in Hyderabad ₹ 475

Why is the Malaria Detection by QBC Method performed?

The test is conducted when there's a suspicion of malaria, based on symptoms like high fever, chills, headaches, and body aches. It helps in early detection and management of the disease.

How is the test performed?

A small sample of your blood will be drawn from your arm. This sample will then be centrifuged in a special tube coated with acridine orange and observed under ultraviolet light to detect any malaria parasites.

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Is fasting required for this test?

No, fasting is not necessary for this test.

What do the test results mean?

A positive result indicates the presence of malaria parasites in your blood. A negative result means no parasites were found at the time of testing.

How accurate is this test?

The QBC method is more sensitive than traditional smear methods, making it highly accurate for detecting malaria parasites, even in low quantities.

How quickly will I receive my test results?

Typically, test results are available within 1 to 2 days.

What if I test positive for malaria?

If you test positive for malaria, your doctor will prescribe specific antimalarial medication to treat the infection.

Can I get infected with malaria more than once?

Yes, getting infected once does not give you immunity against future infections.

Can the QBC method identify the type of malaria parasite?

The QBC method can detect the presence of malaria parasites, but additional tests might be necessary to identify the specific species of malaria parasite.

Are there any risks associated with this test?

There are minimal risks associated with this test, similar to any standard blood draw procedure.

Can children and pregnant women undergo this test?

Yes, the QBC method can be performed on anyone, including children and pregnant women, who are more susceptible to severe malaria.

Can the QBC method detect other infections?

While primarily used for malaria detection, the QBC method can also help detect other parasitic infections like Babesiosis and Trypanosomiasis.

Can I prevent malaria?

Preventing mosquito bites is key to preventing malaria. This can be achieved through the use of insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and sleeping under a mosquito net.

Is there a vaccine available for malaria?

As of my last training data in September 2021, a malaria vaccine (RTS,S/AS01, trade name Mosquirix) has been developed and approved for use in certain areas but is not yet widely available.

What's the advantage of the QBC method over traditional smear methods?

The QBC method is more sensitive than traditional smear methods, making it more effective in detecting malaria parasites, even in low quantities. This makes it particularly useful in early-stage infections where parasite levels might be low.

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