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Slit Skin Smear-AFB

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For treatment purposes, the number of skin lesions and nerves affected divides leprosy patients into two groups: those with multibacillary (MB) leprosy and those with paucibacillary (PB) leprosy. 

A skin smear is a test in which a small cut is made in the skin, and a sample is taken. 

The sample is then stained to look for multibacillary (MB) leprosy, a bacillus resistant to acid. If there are no bacteria, paucibacillary leprosy can be found. 

Why done? 

The Leprosy Skin Smear Test is used to diagnose the below symptoms

  • Skin blemishes
  • Several weeks or months of lumps or bumps
  • Pale skin lesions
  • Muscle weakness


The lab technician will provide details. 

How does one prepare for the test? 

No preparation is needed.

Required documents for Skin Slit Smear-AFB Test

  • A doctor's prescription. 
  • A valid government ID.

After care

No care is required.

The cost of the skin slit smear-AFB Test in Delhi

The Skin Smear Test price varies INR 200 to INR 1500 by region and facility. So constantly get tested at trustworthy diagnostic centers like Ganesh Diagnostic. It is staffed by trained and experienced professionals to assure patient and visitor safety.

Test Type Slit Skin Smear-AFB

Slit Skin Smear-AFB Test (Cytology)


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Test Price ₹ 300 ₹ 600
Frequently Asked Questions

The skin smear is considered to be a test in which the small cuts are made in your skin, and then the sample is taken. This sample would be stained further to look for the multibacillary (MB) leprosy, being a bacillus resistant to the acid. In case there are no bacteria, the paucibacillary leprosy could also be found.

If the AFB smear comes out to be positive, it usually means that there is probably another TB or the infection, however with AFB culture, it would be needed confirm diagnosis. This Culture results could take several weeks, so the doctor could decide to treat the corresponding infection .

One would be able to stain the smears using your Ziehl-Neelsen method. The Stain with a percent of 1% carbol fuchsin, leading to colourization of everything red. This causes a wash out  stain with a 1% acid-alcohol, which further removes the respective  stain from everything except your M. leprae.

The Slit skin smear examination are a simple  and a rapid, decisive test aiding in the diagnosis of  the cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. This is considered as a  useful screening test, especially in case of  the Sezary syndrome and the diseases with any specific skin infiltrate.

The Modified Ziehl–Neelsen causes  staining of  the skin smears. This becomes the diagnostic and a therapeutic significance marker for the disease leprosy, which further does not require any  of the sophisticated equipment. The proper knowledge of this also becomes essential to obtain accurate results.

The goal of this smear preparation becomes  appropriate concentration of the cells on the slide and then it cements them to not wash off during subsequent staining procedure.

You could get yourself tested for Slit Skin Smear-AFB at Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging Center. We would be happy to assist you in getting your sample by trained staff and technicians.

Yes, a free doctor’s consultation is available for all individuals. Either before the test, or after the test, you can avail this facility at our center, online or in person.

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