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Well, there's the trick then. It is through my local ID, goes to a local lab, and then they send to NJH for further identification and susceptibilities. I asked my local ID and he said that NJH doesn't provide that information. Hmmmm….
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If your sputum sample is being processed through the NJH lab, you should get three culture reports: AFB, fungal, and respiratory. The respiratory and fungal culture reports have fairly fast turn-around times. The AFB culture report, however, can take up to 12 weeks to post. This is the report that will give you the status of your AFB smear and AFB culture. In the AFB culture section, it will give you your colony count. Below that will be listed the species and then the susceptibility test results. You may want to ask your doctor for a copy of the final report.
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