Specimen Requirements

Title

ACID FAST BACILLI (AFB) SMEAR

Specimen Requirement

PLACE SPECIMEN IN A SCREW-CAPPED, STERILE CONTAINER, AND SEND REFRIGERATED. MAINTAIN STERILITY AND FORWARD PROMPTLY.

NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING.

Methodology

Stability

Room Temperature 24 hours; Refrigerated 7 Days

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

Negative results available in 42 days; Positive results require additional testing.

Clinical Use

Isolation and identification of mycobacteria, including M. tuberculosis

Test Code

MAFB