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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

Holiday Information

Garcia Lab will be closed Thursday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will resume our regular schedule on Friday.

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