Acanthamoeba/Naegleria Culture

Test Code
23086

CPT Codes
87081

Preferred Specimen
1 mL CSF; or Minimum: 3 mm biopsy or equivalent piece of tissue from brain, lung or lesions; or Corneal scrapings from affected area; or 1 swab of conjunctiva/corneal ulcer; or both contact lenses; or lens care solution from an open container

Minimum Volume
CSF: 0.5 mL

Instructions
For optimum recovery of organisms, sample should arrive in Chantilly Monday through Thursday a.m. as soon as possible after collection.

Transport Container
Sterile Container, leak-proof

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 7 days
Refrigerated: Unacceptable
Frozen: Unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Specimens other than listed • Specimens received dry • Received refrigerated • Received frozen • Specimens in transport media • Liver fluid • Slides • Swabs in bacterial or viral transport medium

Methodology
Culture

Reference Range
Not isolated

Clinical Significance
Isolation of either an acanthamoeba or naegleria from clinical specimens indicates infection.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Infectious Disease, Inc.
33608 Ortega Highway, Bldg B-West Wing
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2042




The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.