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Afb Bactec Culture Blood


Afb Bactec Culture Blood

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There are more than 70 species of mycobacteria of which the primary pathogen is M. tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a chronic, granulomatous disease caused by M. tuberculosis. Identification, and, if appropriate, antibiotic sensitivity, is required to initiate necessary therapy. Afb Bactec Culture Blood is done using Bactec Culture method on a Blood sample. This procedure requires the specimen to be collected in blood culture bottles containing culture medium and anticoagulant. Blood cultures are then entered into an automated machine. Rapid and accurate detection of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) is a key aspect of effective tuberculosis treatment and control. Although the recently introduced nucleic acid amplification tests provide an opportunity for the early diagnosis of disease, routine culture of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) is still necessary for its higher sensitivity and ability to identify mycobacterial species other than MTBC and for the recovery of isolates for antimicrobial susceptibility testing.

Also known as Acid Fast Bacilli Bactec Culture Blood, Acid Fast Bacilli Bactec Culture, AFB Bactec Culture.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Afb Bactec Culture Blood. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Afb Bactec Culture Blood. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

Understanding your test results

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UNISEXAll age groupsA positive culture is seen in cases of Tuberculosis
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