For detection of Acid Fast Bacilli (TB)
Due to the insensitivity of the test, requests for AFB Stain only (AFS/6551) are not recommended and require Pathologist approval with the following exception:
If a patient has recent positive AFB smears or recent cultures positive with Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, physician requests for AFB Stain only do not need Pathologist approval.
Screw cap plastic container (sterile)
Place non-stool specimen in Ecofix preservative vial within 1 hour of sample collection.
Stool transport media/vial - Ova & Parasite (EcoFix)
Refrigerated - 7 days
Ambient - 7 days