ACARP - Overview: Acanthamoeba species Molecular Detection, PCR, Ocular

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: ACARP    
Acanthamoeba species Molecular Detection, PCR, Ocular

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Aid in the diagnosis of amebic keratitis in conjunction with clinical findings

Highlights

This assay is intended as an aid in the diagnosis of amebic keratitis (AK) in conjunction with clinical findings.

 

This test has similar sensitivity and specificity to culture but provides a more rapid result.

 

Acanthamoeba species are free-living organisms and may be found widely in the environment. Although verification experiments did not detect Acanthamoeba species, DNA in contact lenses from asymptomatic adults, it is possible that PCR may detect asymptomatic colonization/contamination and therefore testing should not be performed on asymptomatic individuals.

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/TaqMan DNA Probe Hybridization
(PCR is utilized pursuant to a license agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.) 

NY State Approved Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.

Yes

Reporting Name A shorter/abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name

Acanthamoeba species Detection, PCR