|Alternate:||AFB Smear; AFB Stain; Atypical Mycobacterium Smear; Kinyoun Stain; TB Smear|
|Includes:||Acid fast stain with quantitation of organisms.|
|Available:||Daily, first shift|
|Turnaround:||Same day if received by 10: 00 AM|
|Specimen:||Sputum, urine, gastric aspirate, wound or aspirate, surgical tissue|
|Container:||Culturette, leukens trap, or other sterile container|
|Rejection:||Saliva instead of sputum, or a dry swab.|
|Normal:||No acid fast organisms seen.|
|Uses:||Determine the presence of microorganisms that may cause infection.|
|Limitations:||Culture is more sensitive than stain Laboratory does not recommend stain without culture except in known positive cases of mycobacterium.|
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