Mycobacterial (AFB) Smear AFSM

Method(s) Fluorochrome Stain
Specimen Required
Collect Sputum, fluid, urine or piece of tissue in sterile container. For sputum: first morning deep cough specimen.
Transport 2 mL at 20-25ºC.
Unacceptable Conditions Swab specimens are not acceptable for culture.
Schedule Daily
Billing Code 3010005
CPTCode 87206
Notes An Acid Fast Smear without culture is only used for rapid preliminary information and under most circumstances cannot be ordered without an acid fast culture with smear from concentrate. With regard to the disease caused by acid fast organisms, the predictive value of a positive smear result is very high, but the predictive value of a negative smear result is extremely low.
Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

No acid fast bacilli seen.

No Appointment Necessary
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