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.
Days Set Up: Monday through Sunday
87206 – Smear, acid fast stain/fluorescent