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MYCOBACTERIA CULTURE, FECES (NOT AVAILABLE AT SFGH)

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Sendout? no
In House Availability Feces may normally contain acid fast bacteria which can be seen in smears. Feces must be thoroughly treated with decontamination to kill non-mycobacterial bacteria. This also may kill the mycobacteria. For these reasons, feces are not accepted for AFB culture. Use biopsies or body fluid as preferable specimen.
Last Updated 1/26/2009 2:29:08 PM
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