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Acanthamoeba and Naegleria Culture

Mnemonic

ACANT

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Corneal scrapings, vitreous fluid, or tissue

Handling

Place corneal scrapings or vitreous fluid in 2.0 mL of Page's amoeba saline.

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Specimens in media or preservatives.

Stability

Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable

Testing Information

Note

This culture will detect free-living amoeba such as Acanthamoeba species and Naegleria fowleri, but will NOT detect Balamuthia mandrillaris.

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

3-11 days

Method

Qualitative Culture/Microscopy

Referral Lab

ARUP (60245)

Reference Values

Reference Values

Interpretation provided.

CPT Codes

87081

Last Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:50:17 PM


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