Ordering Recommendation

Use to detect aerobic actinomycetes (Nocardia and Gordonia spp, etc) in clinical specimens.

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.
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



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note

The partial acid fast provides presumptive identification of some actinomycetes (Nocardia sp., Gordonia sp., etc.).

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87206

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060325 Stain, Acid Fast Partial or Modified 72357-7
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Aliases
  • Aerobic Actinomycetes
  • Nocardia
  • Nocardia Stain
Acid Fast Stain, Partial or Modified (for Nocardia spp.)