Centre for Training , Reaserach & Diagnosis of Leishmaniasis.....

Laboratory & Supportive Services

Weekly Clinic on Leishmaniasis 


The leishmaniasis clinic  is held at Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo on Tuesdays 8.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon except on public holidays. Alternative dates are available by appointment. 


Free services offered by the centre
  • Sample collection for diagnosis of leishmaniasis -lesion aspirations, slit skin scrapings, blood
  • Laboratory investigations (microscopy, culture, PCR, rk 39 assay)
  • Expert advice on case management and follow up
  • Technical advice on sample collection and transport
  • Hospital visits on request for referrals
  • Technical support
  • Technical advice
  • Patient follow up service
Free laboratory testing services 
  • Light microscopic examination of lesion aspirations, slit skin scrapings & touch smears
  • In-vitro cultivation of parasites
  • PCR
  • rK39 serological assays
  • Bone marrow or any organ tissue examination is also performed
How to send a sample
  • Samples collected elsewhere can be sent for further investigations at the centre.
  • Samples are accepted from 8.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
  • Samples for microscopy can be sent immediately at room temperature. However it is advised to contact the Department of Parasitology  before sending samples for other investigations. It is also advised to send samples without processing (preparation of smears, staining etc.) which will be preferably carried out by the technical team of the centre.
  • No formalin/ preservatives.
Diagnosis of Leishmaniasis

Parasitological/ Microscopic detention Serological Diagnosis Genetic Based Diagnosis

Slit skin smear (SSS)
Lesion aspirate (LA)
Impression smears
Swabs from lesions
Punch biopsies

These samples can be obtained from patients
with CL skin lesions.
Bone marrow/liver & splenic aspirations are
used in VL patients.
Samples are examined directly under microscopy
or can be cultured.

Serum Proteins

Serological assays are performed mainly in VL.

Not very useful in CL, since an increase of
antibody level is not usually associated with CL.

Polymerase Chain Reaction

(PCR) on lesion material/ Bone marrow

An expensive investigation.

Not available in the free health care settings
Used to diagnose CL, MCL& VL


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Dental Institute, Colombo Kegalle District General Hospital
Jaffna Teaching Hospital Kilinochchi District General Hospital
Kandy Teaching Hospital Mannar District General Hospital
Karapitiya Teaching Hospital Batticaloa Teaching Hospital
Lady Ridgway Hospital for Children Matara District General Hospital
National Cancer Institute, Maharagama Monaragala District General Hospital
Peradeniya Teaching Hospital Mullaithivu District General Hospital
Sri Jayawardenapura General Hospital Nuwara Eliya District General Hospital
Badulla Provincial General Hospital Polonnaruwa District General Hospital
Kurunegala Provincial General Hospital Trincomalee District General Hospital
Rathnapura Provincial General Hospital Vavuniya District General Hospital