Acid Fast Smear for Mycobacterium

Additional Info:
This test does NOT include a culture.

Useful For: Used to evaluate a patient’s tuberculosis communicability status.

Methodology: Microscopic exam with Fluorochrome stain

Specimen Requirements: Most specimens are acceptable. Place specimen (minimum: 5 mL of sputum) in a screw-capped, sterile container supplied by Meadville Medical Center Laboratory. Maintain sterility and forward promptly. Refrigerate the specimen after collection.

Analytical Time:
2 days

Days Set Up: Monday through Sunday

CPT Information:
87206 – Smear, acid fast stain/fluorescent

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