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Acanthamoeba and Naegleria Culture and Stain, CSF
3000878
Ordering Recommendation

Detect Acanthamoeba spp, Naegleria spp, and other free-living amoebae.

Mnemonic
ACANT CSF
Methodology
Qualitative Culture/Microscopy/Giemsa Stain
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
2-10 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
CSF. 
Specimen Preparation
Transfer 1 mL CSF to a sterile ARUP Standard Transport Tube (ARUP supply # 43115) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact Client Services at (800) 522-2787. (Min: 0.5 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimens in media or preservatives. 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
Negative.
Interpretive Data
The stain will detect free-living amoeba such as Naegleria fowleri and Balamuthia mandrillaris.

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

Note
For all other specimen types refer to Acanthamoeba and Naegleria Culture (ARUP test code 0060245) and Amoeba Calcofluor Stain (ARUP test code 0060250). For Entamoeba histolytica detection refer to Entamoeba histolytica Antigen, EIA (ARUP test code 0058001).
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Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060245Acanthamoeba and Naegleria Culture9781-6
2003035Amoeba, Giemsa Stain
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Aliases
  • Culture for Acanthamoeba, Spinal Fluid
  • Culture for Naegleria, Spinal Fluid
  • Detection of Acanthamoeba/Naegleria Species
  • Naegleria Culture
  • Stain for Balamuthia mandrillaris