Amoeba Smears (Pathogenic; Acanthamoeba, Naegleria)

Sunquest Code:PSTN  
Epic Code:LAB3697Epic Name:Parasite Stain
Methodology:Giemsa stain
Test Includes:Smears of concentrated CSF, and smears of corneal scrapings.
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; 0730-1530. Results are reported within 1-2 days. Contact the Microbiology Laboratory and Medical Director for testing at other times.
Special Instructions:

Also see Amoeba Culture.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:CSF, smear of corneal scrapings, tissue
Optimal Volume:1.0 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:See Collection Instructions (Plastic leakproof container, sterile, CSF Tubes)
Collection Instructions:Clean glass slide for corneal scrapings (obtained from the laboratory)

Processing and Shipping

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


Critical Range:Positive result.
Reference Range:Negative.

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