AFB colonies interpretation please

Posted by healthybon @healthybon, Oct 5 5:53pm

I got a report from NJH in my portal today. AFB colonies, 200 CFU/ml. Does anyone know what this means? Intercellular…

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In patients who may have pulmonary infection with Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), diagnostic testing includes acid-fast bacillus (AFB) staining and culture of sputum specimens.


@healthybon Bon – This means there is bacteria in the preliminary screening of your sputum, but now it needs to be sent to the specialty lab to be grown in culture medium for 8 weeks to see exactly what it is.
Once again, this is a time to call the doctor's office for their interpretation.

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