The methods to be used for quantifying parasitemia depends on the parasitic species and its life cycle. For instance, in malaria, the number of plasmodia can be counted using an optical microscope, on a special thick film (for low parasitemias) or thin film blood smear (for high parasitemias).
The use of molecular biology techniques, such as PCR has been more and more used as a tool to measure parasitemia, specially in patients in the chronic phase of disease. In this technique, blood samples are obtained from the patient, and specific DNA of the parasite is extracted and amplified by PCR.
Data on Parasitemia Described by Researchers at National Health Insurance Corporation Ilsan Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine.(Report)
Feb 08, 2011; Researchers detail in 'Parasitemia characteristics of Plasmodium vivax malaria patients in the Republic of Korea,' new...