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5320: AFB Stain Print View
Specimen Source      
Acid-fast Bacilli Stain STAIN  No AFB Seen   

PRIMARY
1 Sputum (Induced) 10 (2) mL   Refrigerated - 5 Day(s)  
ALTERNATE

Aid in the early diagnosis of mycobacterial infections. A negative smear does not rule out mycobacterial infection.

Collect specimen in a sterile, leakproof container.
For respiratory specimens, collect three sputum samples from
deep productive coughs in consecutive 8 to 24 hour intervals per CDC
guidelines (at least one should be an early morning specimen).

Refrigerate all samples within 1 hour of collection time.
Ship specimens on cold pack within 24 hours of collection.
Setup Schedule
Sunday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
Same day


Notes
Specimen Stability:
Room temperature and Frozen: Unacceptable
Transport Temperature:
Refrigerated
Methodology: Microscopic exam with fluorochrome stain
Reject Criteria: Pooled specimens; smear prepared by client 2. Source of specimen is required, please include on requisition. 4. The Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Direct (MTD), a target-amplified nucleic acid probe is available for respiratory specimens. Call technical services for details.






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