Click here for more information about laboratory operations and procedures
Acanthamoeba & Naeglaria, Direct exam
|Available Stat?||Only the wet mount on CSF is offered stat|
|Test group||Amoebic Meningitis|
|In House Availability||Test performed Monday-Friday day shift|
|Collection Instructions||Deliver specimen to laboratory within 30 minutes of collection. Do not refrigerate or freeze.|
|Container type||CSF tube or sterile container|
|Amount to Collect||
|Processing notes||Do not refrigerate or freeze sample. Transport asap to Microbiology.
For Acanthamoeba/Naeglaria Culture, send sample to Focus Diagnostics.
|Critical value||Parasites detected from normally sterile sites|
|Synonyms||Amoeba; Amebic meningitis wet mount; Amoebic meningitis wet mount; Amebiasis; Amoebiasis; Amebic meningitis culture; Amoebic meningitis culture|
|Stability||Room temperature 1 day.|
|Turn around times||1-3 days for Giemsa stain|
|Additional information||For CSF, a wet mount of the concentrated fluid is perfomed and billed separately.
It may be possible to culture Acanthamoeba or Naegleria species, but diagnosis is more rapid by examination of the CSF by Giemsa stain or wet mount with phase contrast microscopy.
For culture, order a Microbiology Special Sendout Test and indicate Acanthamoeba/Naeglaria Culture in the Test Description field.
Prior authorization is required for culture of Brown and Toland patients.
|Last Updated||4/11/2013 11:57:05 AM|
If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667