Lab Test : Acid Fast Stain

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Alternate:AFB Smear; AFB Stain; Atypical Mycobacterium Smear; Kinyoun Stain; TB Smear
Includes:Acid fast stain with quantitation of organisms.
Phone:(937) 641-3902
Available:Daily, first shift
Turnaround:Same day if received by 10: 00 AM
Specimen:Sputum, urine, gastric aspirate, wound or aspirate, surgical tissue
Volume:1 culturette
Container:Culturette, leukens trap, or other sterile container
Temperature:Room temperature
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.
Method:Microscopic stained

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