Epithelial Scraping (Identification of Acanthamoeba)
keratitis may mimic herpes simplex keratitis. The prevalence of
this infection may be greater than suspected previously
laboratory developed a rapid screen for the identification of
Acanthamoeba organisms in corneal epithelial scrapings.
lab staff can answer questions for you about the proper techniques
required for this rapid screening test.
trophozoite nested between two benign corneal epithelial cells.
The specimen was obtained from a corneal epithelial scraping.
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