Monitor respiratory specimens in previously diagnosed patients. Should NOT be ordered without culture in previously undiagnosed patients. For panel test that includes culture and stain, refer to Acid-Fast Bacillus (AFB) Culture and AFB Stain (0060152).
Auramine O Stain
Within 24 hours
Sputum or other respiratory specimen.
Transfer 5-10 mL specimen to a sterile container (Min: 1 mL). Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.
Non-respiratory specimens. Swabs from any sites. Prepared slides.
Specimen source required.
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 2 weeks
Negative for acid-fast bacilli.
No compliance statements are in use for this test.
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.
87206; if concentration performed, add 87015
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0060151||Stain, Acid Fast Bacilli||72357-7|
- AO stain
- Kinyoun stain
- Mycobacteriaum species