Amoeba Culture

Abbrev Code:AMOEBACX   
Order Code:LAB3235Order Name:Amoeba Culture
Synonyms:Naegleria; Acanthamoeba
Methodology:Culture, Giemsa stain if indicated
CPT Codes: 87081 x1, 87207 x1
Test Includes:Culture for Acanthamoeba or Naegleria. A smear will be performed on CSF and corneal scraping if slides are provided.
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri, 0730-1530; results are reported within 10-12 days.
Special Instructions:Further questions regarding Naegleiria fowleri should be directed to the IDDL medical director on call. Call 612-273-3665 for IDDL on call information.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:CSF, corneal scrapings, contact lens or lens solution, and brain or other tissues
Container:CSF Tubes, See Collection Instructions
Collection Instructions:
Specimen Type Instructions Volume Container
CSF Obtain aseptically and submit in sterile tube. Optimal: 1 mL
Minimum: 0.5 mL
CSF Container
Scraping: Corneal Collect in sterile vial with 0.5 mL amoeba saline obtained from laboratory. (0.5 mL sterile saline acceptable.)
Clean glass slide (obtained from laboratory)
0.5 ml of Saline Amoeba Saline (Provided by laboratory)
Contact lens or Contact Lens solutions Contact lens or solution: Send to lab in lens case or bottle, as is.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:Negative.
Use:Detect primary amebic meningoencephalitis, Acanthamoeba keratitis.

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