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
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 Name
0060325Stain, Acid Fast Partial or Modified
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Aliases
  • Aerobic Actinomycetes
  • Nocardia
  • Nocardia Stain