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AFB (Acid Fast) Smear

Mnemonic:    [AFB Smear]
Name:    AFB (Acid Fast) Smear
Specimen:    Submit specimen in a sterile container. Sample may be smeared on a glass slide (unfixed) and dried. Transport in a closed container.
Reference Range:    None seen
Critical Range:    Positive
Note:    Test is sent to PHL, Augusta. If clinically necessary, a preliminary smear will be performed in house. Reported in 24 hours.

Test is included in an AFB Culture. It does not need to be separately ordered.