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Colony count

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Oct 1, 2021 | Replies (10)

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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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Thanks. It's going through local doctor and local lab for AFB then to NJH for further identification. I see the final report that NJH sends. It identifies subspecies and susceptibility but shows no colony count. I am an established patient at NJH but wasn't diagnosed by them and they aren't handling my case this go round. I guess I'd have to submit directly to my NJH doctor. I think it might be time to a visit to them since it's been 6 months with no conversion.

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