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Afb Stain Microscopy Sputum

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Afb Stain Microscopy Sputum

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What is this test?

A sputum stain for Mycobacteria is a laboratory test performed on a sample of your sputum, or phlegm. It's also known as an acid-fast bacillus (AFB) stain or a tuberculosis (TB) smear. A doctor typically orders the test to determine if a person has tuberculosis (TB) or another type of mycobacterial infection.Sputum, or phlegm, is often used to test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to find out if a patient has TB. This bacterium is completely acid-fast, which means the entire cell holds onto the dye. A positive test result from the acid-fast stain confirms the patient has TB.

Also known as Acid Fast Bacilli Stain Microscopy Sputum.

Test Preparation

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

Understanding your test results

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsAcid Fast Bacilli are identified in positive cases
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