Department of Parasitology

Faculty of Medicine

Diagnostic Clinical Services


The department offers parasitology consultancy and diagnostic services mainly to the Teaching Hospitals at Kandy and Peradeniya, extending to the entire health sector in Sri Lanka. 
Throughout decades the department has actively participated in “Anti-Malaria Campaign” activities that have achieved a great success. Now the department is equipped with advanced laboratory facilities to provide a wide range of tests from simple microscopy to advanced diagnostics using molecular methods and cell culture…..
 

Diagnostic and consultancy services

  • Medical Protozoology
  • Medical Helminthology
  • Medical Entomology
  • Parasitic Diagnostic Immunology
  • Parasitic Molecular Diagnostics
  • Identification of Snakes of Medical Importance
 
The available laboratory investigations……

Laboratory Investigations

Specimen / Test

Infection / Disease

Blood investigations

Thick and thin smear examination

Malaria

Thick smear examination

Filariasis

Thin smear examination

Trypanosomiasis

Serum investigations

Serum Ig G (In-House ELISA)

Toxocarisis ( OLM & VLM)

Serum Ig G/Ig M (In-House ELISA)

Toxoplasmosis

FAT test for filarial antibodies(Dip strip method)

Filariasis

Bronchoalveolar lavage / Endotrachial washings / Sputum

Giemsa / Toluidine blue stain

Pneumocystis jiroveci Pneumonia

PCR

Pneumocystis jiroveci Pneumonia

Sputum (inhaled 3% saline)

Pneumocystis carinii / Paragonimus eggs

Urethral/vaginal investigations

Urethral/vaginal discharges(microscopy)

Trichomonas vaginalis Infection

Urine analysis

Urine microscopy

Trichomonas vaginalis Infection

Urine microscopy

Schistosoma eggs

Fecal investigations

Stools Full Report / stool AOC

Amoebae, Ova, Cyst

Occult blood

 

Detection of Cryptosporidium spp.(Wet smear, concentration methods)

Cryptosporidiosis

PCR

Cryptosporidiosis

Investigations of Skin / Ulcers

Direct smear

Leishmaniasis

Culture

Leishmaniasis

Skin Biopsy

Leishmaniasis

PCR

Leishmaniasis

Investigations of Liver / Lymph nodes

Aspirates

Leishmaniasis

Investigations of Bone marrow

Aspirates

Leishmaniasis

Aspirates

Toxoplasmosis

Species Identification

Macroscopic & Microscopic Identification of..

Cestodes, Nematodes, Snakes, Ticks, Mites, Fleas, Vectors( mosquitoes, sand flies…etc)

OTHER TESTS

Anal swabs/Scotch tape, Rectal scrapings

Pinworm eggs /Amoeba

CSF

Acanthamoeba

Cyst / Abscess fluid examination

Echinococcus granulosus / Amoeba

Biopsy(Bladder, Rectal), Rectal scrapings

Detection of  Schistosoma eggs

Duodenal Aspirates

Detection of Flagellates, Clonorchis, Fasciola,Strongyloides larvae

PCR (Peritoneal Fluid, Lymph nodes, Blood)

Toxoplasmosis

Stoll's egg counting technique

 

Faeces concentration Techniques(Formal Ether Technique)

Ova, cyst, larvae

Knott's Concentration techniqueto differentiate hook worm laravafrom Strongyloides larvae

Detection of Microfilaria

Detection of Dirofilaria (Morphology/ PCR)

Dirofilariasis

Please note that the sample must accompany a detailed request form including patient's name, age, sex, relevant clinical history etc.