Acanthamoeba and Naegleria Culture
0060245
 
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
ACANT
Methodology
Qualitative Culture/Microscopy
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
2-10 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Corneal scrapings, vitreous fluid or tissue.  
Specimen Preparation
Place corneal scrapings, vitreous fluid, or tissue in 2 mL of Page's amoeba saline (ARUP supply #31917). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact Client Services at (800) 522-2787.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimens in media or preservatives.  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.  
Stability
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Negative
Interpretive Data
This culture will detect free-living amoeba such as Acanthamoeba species and Naegleria fowleri, but will NOT detect Balamuthia mandrillaris.
Note
For CSF refer to Acanthamoeba and Naegleria Culture and Stains, CSF (ARUP test code 2002584). For Entamoeba histolytica detection refer to Entamoeba histolytica Antigen, EIA (ARUP test code 0058001).
CPT Code(s)
87081
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060245Acanthamoeba and Naegleria Culture
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Cross References
  • amoeba culture
  • Culture for Acanthamoeba, Corneal Scrapings
  • Culture for Naegleria, Corneal Scrapings
  • Free living amoeba culture
  • Naegleria Culture
  • Naegleria fowleri culture