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Acanthamoeba Culture Culture Infection Secretion

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Acanthamoeba Culture Culture Infection 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.

What are Infection Secretion, Acanthamoeba, and its Infections:

Infection secretions are the fluids secreted by the human body from the infected area. 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 infection secretions. The doctor may ask you to undergo this test if you are suffering from symptoms such as fever, chills, stiff nose, shortness of breath, painful urination, vomiting, diarrhea, irritation at the site of infection, redness, and swelling of the infected area, 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 Infection Secretion. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Acanthamoeba Culture Culture Infection Secretion.

No specific preparation is necessary for this test.

Understanding your test results

The test results may vary depending on age, health history, 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 to be infected by the Acanthamoeba.

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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