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Test Code RAPMAL Rapid Malaria Assay, Blood

Important Note

This assay should be ordered when malaria is suspected based on clinical presentation and exposure history.

When suspecting presence of non-malarial blood parasites such as babesia, microfilaria, and trypanosomes, please order the Blood Parasite Smear (LAB883).


Additional Codes

Epic Order Code: LAB3548
Sunquest Order Code: RAPMAL

Specimen Required

Container Type:

Optimal:  Lavendar Top EDTA Tube


Optimal Collection Volume: 

3.0 mL whole blood

Collection Instructions:

 Gently invert sample 5-6 times after collection.

Processing Instructions: 

1. Do not centrifuge sample.

2. If testing will be delayed, refrigerate sample.

Useful For

Aids in the rapid diagnosis of human malaria infections and in the differential diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum infections from other less virulent malarial infections.

Profile Information

Test ID   Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
RAPMAL Rapid Malaria Assay Y Y
MALS Blood Parasite Smear Y N

Method Name

Immunochromatographic assay

Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole blood Refrigerated 3 days

Rejection Due To

Hemolysis Mild OK; Moderate OK; Gross OK
Lipemia Mild OK; Moderate OK; Gross OK
Icterus Mild OK; Moderate OK; Gross OK


Specimen Minimum Volume

Collecting minimum volumes can result in a need for sample recollection, and/or a delay in results. Minimum volumes are subjective and cannot account for all aspects of specimen and testing needs. Refer to the Specimen Required section for optimal volumes for laboratory specimens. Contact the Bronson Laboratory if complex collection exceptions occur that require more information.


Minimum Volume: 1.5 mL whole blood

Performing Laboratory

Bronson Laboratory, Hematology-Kalamazoo, Battle Creek

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday, 24 hours/day

Reference Values

 Test ID   Reference Range
RAPMAL Negative

LOINC Code Information

<If only single LOINC, delete table below> 

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
RAPMAL Rapid Malaria Assay  

CPT Code Information


Sample Retention Time

7 Days

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