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Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) Smear

Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) Smear

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An acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear test is a laboratory procedure used to identify the presence of bacteria that can cause seriou

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SPECIMEN: Tissue/ Sputum/ Urine/ Fluid/ Pus/ Others in Sterile container

Test Details (Parameters included : 1)

Parameter No. of Parameter


Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) Smear

Tissue/ Sputum/ Urine/ Fluid/ Pus/ Others in Sterile container


4:00 PM (Daily)

1-2 ml Refrigerated

Frequently asked questions

AFB bacteria, which are frequently linked to tuberculosis (TB) and other AFB illnesses, can be found
with the Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test.

Sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid or other bodily fluids are frequently used to obtain the
sample for the Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test. A clean container, such as a sterile container or one
provided by the lab, is used to collect the sample.

The Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test is a non-invasive procedure that normally goes smoothly and does
not hurt or make you feel uncomfortable.

An Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test typically takes a few hours to a day to get the results.

Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test outcomes are typically classified as either negative or positive. A
positive result indicates that AFB bacteria were found in the sample, whereas a negative result
indicates that AFB bacteria could not be found in the sample.

The Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test is not a conclusive diagnosis of TB or another AFB infection; rather,
it is a preliminary test. To confirm the diagnosis and identify the precise kind of AFB infection,
additional diagnostic tests, such as a culture test or a molecular test, may be required.

With the Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test, false-negative results can happen, especially in people whose
samples include little AFB bacteria. In certain situations, more testing could be required to verify the
Any queries or worries you may have regarding the Acid-Fast Bacilli Smear Test should be brought
up with your doctor, who can answer them and help you through the diagnostic process.

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