What is Microfilaria Detection (MF) test?
Filariasis is a parasitic disease. These are spread by blood-feeding insects such as black flies and mosquitoes. The embryos circulate in lymphatic tissues and blood as microfilaria leading to lymphangitis, lymphadenitis, elephantiasis, and tropical eosinophilia. The test detects the presence of microfilaria in the blood.
Why get the Microfilaria Detection (MF) test?
Microfilaria is the term used to refer to the larva of a certain parasitic nematode, i.e., filariae when it is still in an early larval stage. These parasites are released into the bloodstream of the host body by the adult parasites. As a result, these embryonic larvae are usually found in the blood of an infected person. This parasitic nematode, filariae, belongs to the family of Onchocercidae. And they are the cause behind the diseases such as elephantiasis, river blindness, Loa loa filariasis, and so on.
When to take this test?
Blood Sample should collect between 10pm to early morning 4pm.
Frequency to repeat test
Every 6 months
Precautions to be taken before for the test
No particular precautions are required, unless it is recommended by your doctor.
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