Acid-Fast Bacillus (AFB) Stain Only
0060151
Ordering Recommendation
Submit With Order
Mnemonic
MS AFB
Methodology
Auramine O Stain
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 24 hours
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Sputum or other respiratory specimen.  
Specimen Preparation
Transfer 5-10 mL specimen to a sterile container (Min: 1 mL). Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Non-respiratory specimens. Swabs from any sites. Prepared slides.  
Remarks
Specimen source required.  
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 2 weeks  
Reference Interval
Negative for acid-fast bacilli.
Interpretive Data
Note
An AFB Stain alone without culture is appropriate only when following respiratory specimens on previously diagnosed patients. Studies have shown that AFB stain without culture has a poor negative predictive value. For a higher predictive value, order AFB culture (Acid-Fast Bacillus (AFB) Culture, ARUP test code 0060152), which adds an AFB stain.
CPT Code(s)
87206; 87015
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060151Stain, Acid Fast Bacilli
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Cross References
  • AO stain
  • Auramine-rhodamine
  • Kinyoun stain
  • Mycobacteriaum species