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Jen_b (@jenblalock)

Colony count

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

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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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OK, so if it's first going to a local lab for AFB culturing, then it makes sense that you don't get the colony count. If you send the sputum sample directly to NJH, they go through a long painstaking process of hand counting the colonies on a grid. There are very few labs that do this. Local labs will just test to see if it's AFB positive.

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