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Acanthamoeba Culture Culture Eye Secretion


Acanthamoeba Culture Culture Eye Secretion

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What is this test?

Acanthamoeba Culture is a technique predominantly used to test the presence of the Acanthamoeba in the human body. This test is done on both men and women to find out whether the eyes are infected by Acanthamoeba or not.

What is Eye secretion:

Eye secretion is also called an eye discharge. So, eye discharge is a combination of mucus, oil, skin cells, and other wastes that present in the corner of the eyes. This discharge can be either wet or dry.

What is Acanthamoeba and its Infections:

Acanthamoeba is a microscopic amoeba that can cause serious eye, skin, and CSF infections. It can cause Acanthamoeba Keratitis AK and Granulomatous Amoebic Encephalitis GAE. AK is the amoebic eye infection which may cause permanent visual impairment and damage to the cornea. GAE is the amoebic CSF infection which can cause mental status abnormalities and severe seizures.

Why this test is performed:

This test is performed to check the presence of Acanthamoeba in the eye secretions. The doctor may ask you to undergo this test if you are suffering from symptoms such as severe eye pain, decreased vision, excessive secretions from eyes, blurred vision, foreign body sensation in the eyes, eye discomfort, or eye irritation, etc.

This test is also performed to check the effectiveness of the treatment.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Acanthamoeba Culture Culture Eye Secretion. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Acanthamoeba Culture Culture Eye Secretion.

No specific preparation is necessary for this test.

Understanding your test results

The test results may vary depending on age, health history, and medical condition, etc.

If growth is not seen in the culture, then it may indicate that the test results are negative, and the individual is not infected by the Acanthamoeba.

If growth is seen, then it may indicate that the results are positive and there is a chance for an individual eye to be infected by the Acanthamoeba and may suffer from Acanthamoeba Keratitis AK.

If abnormal test results were seen, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsThe parasite is normally absent. It is detected in infected cases
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