AFB Stain Test In Faridabad

AFB Stain Test In Faridabad

AFB (acid-fast bacillus) is a mycobacterium that causes tuberculosis and other illnesses. Tuberculosis, or TB, is a bacterial infection that targets our lungs and brain, spine, and kidneys. Tuberculosis is transmitted through coughing or sneezing. AFB tests can be done for those who are experiencing the symptoms associated with TB.

Read further to know more about the AFB stain test in Faridabad, including its price and cost, procedure, side effects, etc.


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About AFB stain test

Why is the AFB stain test done?

You can go for the AFB test if you’re experiencing the symptoms associated with TB. These include:

  • Cough that persists for more than three weeks
  • Coughing up blood and/or sputum.
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss

Tuberculosis can affect different parts of the body. If you have the following symptoms, you may need to be tested for the AFB test:

  • Backache
  • Presence of blood in the urine
  • Headache
  • Weakness and joint discomfort

Risk factors for developing tuberculosis include the following:

  • Maintaining a close contact with someone who has had tuberculosis.
  • If you’ve contracted HIV.
  • Living or working in an area where tuberculosis is prevalent.


What does the AFB stain test measure?

The AFB stain test detects the AFB bacteria in your sputum. Sputum is the mucus/phlegm that comes up from the lungs when you cough.


Risks/side effects of AFB Stain Test

There are no side effects associated with the AFB test.


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How to prepare for the AFB Stain Test?

No preparations are required for the AFB test.

How is the AFB stain test performed?

You can collect your sputum in a plastic cup provided to you by your healthcare worker. Once you wake up in the morning, brush your teeth and rinse your mouth (before consuming anything). Do not use a mouthwash.

The steps for collecting a sputum sample are as follows:

  • Take a five-second deep inhale and hold it.
  • Breathe out slowly.
  • Inhale again and cough until sputum appears in your mouth.
  • Spit the sputum in the cup and close its lid.
  • Rinse the cup from the outside.
  • On the outside of the cup, write the date on which you collected your sample.
  • Give the sample to your doctor.


When is the AFB stain test performed?

AFB stain test is performed to diagnose active tuberculosis (TB) and other AFB infections.

These are some of them:

  • Leprosy: A rare and curable disease that damages the nerves, eyes, and skin. The skin becomes red, dry and numb.
  • To check for TB in those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
  • To check the efficacy of the treatment prescribed for tuberculosis.
Interpreting the AFB stain test results

Interpreting the AFB stain test results

Normal range: Negative/No AFB Seen

A negative AFB smear test indicates that you don’t have tuberculosis. However, it might be the case that there weren’t enough bacteria present in the sample for an accurate diagnosis.

A positive AFB smear test indicates that you most likely have tuberculosis or another illness. An AFB culture test can be used to confirm the same. Your doctor can prescribe a treatment based on the initial test itself.

A “susceptibility test” can also be performed on your sample after your AFB test report comes out as positive to decide the course of treatment.

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