Amoeba


Test Information

Test Name

Amoeba

Synonyms

Acanthamoeba, Amoebic Meningitis

Preferred Specimen

CSF Fluid

Testing Location

PLBOP; Referral

Turn Around Time

2 days


Processing Information

Registration Code

AMOE

Notes

  • URGENT REQUEST - CSF must be transported immediately to the Lab
  • The main amoeba causing amoebic meningitis is Naegleria fowlerii, Acanthamoeba can also be a rare cause.
  • The main infection by Acanthamoeba is corneal infections associated with contaminated contact lenses.
  • PLBOP Microbiology will do an initial microscopy; then referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory.

Methodology

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL CSF

Contact Information

laura.yau@pathlab.co.nz

External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Send Away Transport

Ambient

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