Brain-Eating Amoebas - Challenges in Diagnosis and Treatment


Pathogenic free-living amebae such as Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia mandrillaris, and Naegleria fowleri, popularly termed “Brain-Eating Amoebae” have been known to cause infections of the human central nervous system.

This webinar addresses the importance of using a combination of morphology, immunofluorescence microscopy, and real-time PCR for rapid and accurate diagnosis of the three amoebae that cause these infections.


Laboratory professionals


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the morphological characteristics of Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia mandrillaris, and Naegleria fowleri
  • Identify the testing methods available for the diagnosis of these three amoebae
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Length of Course

1 Hour

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Delivery Method

On-demand eLearning

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Page last reviewed: July 10, 2018