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ID:526 Acanthamoeba investigation from keratitic eye lesions
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DescriptionAcanthamoeba keratitis is an infection of the cornea. Acanthamoeba are common in nature and are usually found in bodies of water (lakes,rivers) as well as domestic tap water, swimming pools, soil and air. Samples are referred from Microbiology for Molecular Detection by PCR to Micropathology Ltd. Turnaround time is 7 days.
Indication This test is indicated to rule out Acanthamoeba keratitis in contact lens wearers or in cases of keratitis that is unresponsive to therapy. Note that the initial cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis were not related to contact lenses.
Additional InfoRequest test via Order Comms. Adult Services J-O - Ophthalmology - Acanthamoeba Ensure sample is labelled. Please do not freeze, though, specimens may be refrigerated overnight.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

Interpretation A positive result will be issued as Acanthamoeba DNA detected. A negative result will be issued as Acanthamoeba DNA not detected

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IP Acute TAT7 days
IP Routine TAT7 days
GP Acute TAT7 days
GP Routine TAT7 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.
Originally edited by : D Bennett. Last edited on 12/05/2018 11:44:45. Published By K Roberts on 12/05/2017 11:44:45.