Specimen: Submit Sputum in a sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. DO NOT FREEZE.
Stability (Room): 2 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 48 hrs
Stability (Frozen): N/A
Method: Fluorescent and conventional microscopy
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 3 days
Usage: Positive AFB smear results provide a first indication of Mycobacterial infection and potential TB disease. Smear-positivity and grade indicates relative bacterial burden and correlates with disease presentation. Patient therapy may be initiated for TB based on smear result and clinical presentation. Changes in smear status are important for monitoring response to therapy.
Components: Includes Auramine and Ziehl Neelsen stain
Home Collection: Available
Pre-test Information: No special preparation required