Toxoplasma – Microscopy

Testing Indications

Prior to collection, contact the Public Health Laboratory at (416) 235-6556 or toll free 1 (877) 604-4567.

Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

Test Requested Required Requisition(s) Specimen Type Minimum Volume Collection Kit

Toxoplasma

Biopsy material, tissue, lymph node aspirate

2.0 ml

Sterile container

Submission and Collection Notes

1

Please note on the requisition (under other): If the patient has Eosinophilia, HIV, is immunocompromised, has a Critical illness or was admitted to ICU, or had a previous parasitic infection.

2

Indicate Country/Region and if the patient is a new immigrant or refugee or returned traveler under ‘Travel’ section of the requisition.

Preparation Prior to Transport

Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.

Special Instructions

Place specimen container in a biohazard bag and seal. Ship to PHO laboratory ASAP.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Toxoplasma testing is performed Monday to Friday.

Turnaround time is up to 3 days from receipt by the PHO laboratory.

Reporting

Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.

Test Methods

Toxoplasma samples are examined by microscopy, using Giemsa-stained films.

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Updated 13 Feb 2019