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Afb Isolation Rapid Culture Synovial Fluid

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Afb Isolation Rapid Culture Synovial Fluid

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What is this test?

A microbiological culture, or microbial culture, is a method of multiplying microbial organisms by letting them reproduce in predetermined culture media under controlled laboratory conditions. Microbial cultures are used to determine the type of organism, its abundance in the sample being tested, or both. Recommendations for isolating potentially infectious tuberculosis (TB) patients differ depending on sputum smear results; level of clinical suspicion; drug sensitivity of the organism; type of setting; and the age, immune status and exposure status of household members. Tuberculosis is a chronic, granulomatous disease caused by M. tuberculosis. Identification, and, if appropriate, antibiotic sensitivity, is required to initiate necessary therapy. A few different tests may be used to help identify AFB as the cause of an infection: An AFB smear is used as a rapid test to detect mycobacteria that may be causing an infection such as tuberculosis. However, this rapid test is less sensitive than culture to diagnosis a mycobacterial infection. Acid- Fast Bacilli (AFB) smear and culture are two separate tests always performed together at the MSPHL, Tuberculosis (TB) Unit. AFB smear refers to the microscopic examination of a fluorochrome stain of a clinical specimen.

Also known as Acid Fast Bacilli Isolation Rapid culture Synovial Fluid.

Test Preparation

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

Understanding your test results

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsPositive culture indicates an active infection
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