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Acid Fast Stain, Partial or Modified (for Nocardia spp.)
0060325
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
MS PAFS
Methodology
Stain/Microscopy
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 24 hours
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Aspirate, fluid, respiratory specimen, or tissue.  
Specimen Preparation
Transport fluid or aspirate in sterile container. OR Tissue: Place on gauze moistened with sterile non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying and transport in sterile container.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.  
Unacceptable Conditions
 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
By report
Interpretive Data


Note
The partial acid fast provides presumptive identification of some actinomycetes (Nocardia sp., Gordonia sp., etc.).
CPT Code(s)
87206
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060325Stain, Acid Fast Partial or Modified
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Aliases
  • Aerobic Actinomycetes
  • Nocardia
  • Nocardia Stain