Acid Fast Bacilli Stain

acid fast bacilli stain

Acid Fast Bacilli Stain

The AFB stain is quick; however, it requires a lot of organisms and specific knowledge to understand the data. This test is especially beneficial to patients with lung illness. Growing and identifying traditional mycobacterial cultures takes weeks of attention, and modern technology enables identification in 24 hours.

Why done? 

If you have tuberculosis, your doctor may do an acid-fast bacteria (AFB) stain test to determine whether you have the disease (TB) or not. Another benefit of using an AFB stain is that it can reveal whether or not you have a mycobacterial infection such as leprosy or a TB-like condition that can affect HIV/AIDS-positive persons.

Sputum AFB test procedure: 

An AFB culture of phlegm (sputum) is required, and this should be done for the next two days, preferably first thing in the morning. Cough multiple times to avoid excessive salivation or postnasal drip.

If you can't cough enough mucus, a warm sterile saline solution may help. A tube inserted via the mouth or nose into the stomach collects sputum for the bladder. Gastric aspiration is conceivable.

How does one prepare for the test? 

No special preparation is required.

Required Documents for Acid Fast Bacilli Stain

  • Doctor prescription. 
  • A valid government-issued identification card.

After Care: 

No particular type of care is required.

Cost of Acid Fast Bacilli Stain Test in Delhi: 

The AFB smear staining cost varies by region and facility. So constantly get tested at trustworthy diagnostic centers like Ganesh Diagnostic, and it is staffed by trained and experienced professionals to assure patient and visitor safety.

₹ 150 300 Pay Now Limited Offer


Test Type Acid Fast Bacilli Stain

Acid Fast Bacilli Stain (Microbiology)


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