Days Set Up
Analytic Time

2 days

MiChart Code
Free Living Amoeba, PCR (Sendout)
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


CSF, Fresh Water Amoeba Exam
Fresh Water Amoeba Culture
Balamuthia mandrillaris PCR
Naegleria fowleri PCR
Acanthamoeba species PCR

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/TaqMan DNA Probe Hybridization

Test Usage

Aids in the diagnosis of primary amebic meningoencephalitis and granulomatous
amebic encephalitis in spinal fluid and tissue in conjunction with clinical findings.

Reference Range


* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements


Submit only one of the following specimens: 1) CSF in a sterile container (vial #2), 2) brain, skin, or lung tissue in a sterile container with 1 mL of sterile saline or minimal essential media (MEM), 3) formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) brain, skin, or lung tissue in a sterile container. Refrigerate.

Normal Volume
0.5 mL CSF or 5-10 mm tissue
Minimum Volume
0.3 mL CSF or 5-10 mm tissue

Billing Information

CPT Code
87798 x3
Pro Fee Code

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.