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Acid Fast Bacilli Stain
My biopsy report say, show foreign body & langhans type multinucleated gaint cells.-ve for malignancy, zn stain -ve fr acid fast bacilli. Wat treatment?
Mycobactera: It refers to a type of stain used to a identify bacteria, and means the bacteria hold on to the stain and appear red under the microscope. The most common acid fast bacilli. (AFB) are mycobacterium, of which the most famous is m. Tuberculosis. There are also non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and non-mycobacterial acid fast organisms that aren't bacilli (rod shaped organisms.). ...Read more
Z-n stain for afb is negative imp: reactive lymphoid hyperplasia. Pls tell me is it cancer or not?
What do u mean with gram stained smears shows numerous gram-negative rod-shaped bacilli? . Its my lab result please help
Gram's stain: You had Gram's stain of material from where? Why? What are your symptoms? Generally Gram-positive bacilli are either Bacillus spp, Clostridium spp., or Diphteroids, but other things are certainly possible. This does not, in and by itself, mean that you are infected. Need more info. ...Read more
Vaginal swab result direct smear: no trichomonas gram stain : epithelial cells positive cocci and positive bacilli. Is it normal?
Sputum culture showed normal flora. Gram stain showed mod. Amt of gram positive and neg. Bacilli and mod. Amt of gram positive cocci. Few wbc. Concerns?
No.: From your description, it sounds like the diagnosis was normal flora present. The bacilli and cocci with few WBCs are just describing that. Normal flora is a mixed population like that described. When one has an infection, the causative organism will predominate and will likely be the only thing present. There will also usually be numerous WBCs as these are your cells that fight infection. ...Read more
Positive for fungal spores gram stain:few gram negative bacilli in singles, few gram cocci in singles and moderate epithelial cells & pus cells noted?
After one year ATT. AFB report: AFB present in small number & AFB culture report says no growth after 8 weeks of aerobic incubation. What it mean?
Still have TB: May be the drug resistant type TB still present. ...Read more
AFB positive in sputum or stomach lavage means the person is spreading tb, should have detail investigation including chest x-ray and be on standard TB treatment regime, 3-4 drugs.
He/she should be isolated. All household need tuberculin test and chest x-ray. In india, if received bcg, tuberculin test will not help, it will be +ve anyway. Isoniazid and pyridoxine for 9 months. Consult your doc. ...Read more
What is the result?: All lab results need to be evaluated in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more
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Until after sxs end: Generally anyone with lung or throat disease from TB will be infectious. The goal of medical treatment is to eliminate the mycobacterium in the body. At some point after (effective) treatment begins, one will no longer be infectious, but it's not immediate and can be tested (e.g., with sputum samples. If the treatment fails (from resistance or from not taking meds), you may be infectious again. ...Read more
Regular vs Irregular: A-fib is very irregular conduction to the ventricles whereas a-flutter is more regular conduction. The p-waves on ekg during flutter are characteristric in appearance looking sawtooth whereas in a-fib, they are sometimes very hard to find. The right atrium is where the sa node generates the impulse for conduction. In the case of a-fib/flutter, other heart tissue is also conducting very fast. ...Read more
What does "No AFB seen/300 visual fields" indicate on a sputum test? Is that enough to say that the results are negative? Thank you.
Culture/smear: There can be smear negative TB. The smear results return more quickly than the culture results which are more accurate. ...Read more
I am diagnosed AFB positive on 6th June and started the medicine from next day. After one month now I am having night sweats what should I do?
Multiple drugs: Hi. Has the AFB been cultured and resistance determined? There is a lot of drug-resistant TB out there. Multiple drug regimens are the rule. You may not have had a clinical response to adequate drugs yet, or your drugs may not be adequate based on resistance. Talk with your doc and public health department. Good luck! ...Read more
What to do if I have tuberculosis but why doctors are asking for sputum for afb test again after 1 month?
Acid- Fast Bacteria: Culture (AFB) culture for M. tuberculosis is checking for active TB (Tuberculosis). ...Read more
I have tuberculosis. Is it normal that my doctors are asking for sputum for afb test again after 1 month?
Yes: Depending on the exact kind of tuberculosis (TB) germ, doctors usually want to keep close track of the patient to see if the germs are disappearing. There are several medicines to take for tb, and some germs are resistant to some of them. Your doctors want to know if you are "winning the battle" against your tb. Keep taking all of your medicines and follow your doctor's instructions. Good luck! ...Read more
Hi, I'm 22 yrs old, F. Just wanna ask about my sputum results. 1stday: No AFB seen, PUS cells:few, Epithelial cells:few. 2nd day same except PUS:rare?
Pus cells;WBCs: Pus cells are white blood cells. It is normal to have a few or rare pus cells in a sputum but it would be concerning for infection if there were large numbers of them. AFB are acid fast bacilli and these are a marker for tuberculosis. The results are normal on both days with no sign of infection or AFB. However if they are concerned about TB with you then a sputum culture is needed. ...Read more
I took a SPUTUM SMEAR TEST for AFB. Report has come as AFB NOT DETECTED. Pus cells present 40-45/HPF. What does this mean. I am 52 year old Male?
In every morning some black colored spot comes out with transparent sputum and also feel frequent sharp chest pain. My sputum AFB report is negative.
Making you cough: To find AFB (TB) your doctor needs a sample of the mucus that comes out of your lungs. Some people do that almost every time they cough, while others don't. For those who can't, breathing in salt water (a saline aerosol) can trigger a deep cough and bring up phlegm (called "induced sputum"). In children, it is common to put a tube into the stomach to sample lung mucus swallowed during the night. ...Read more
I have history of PTB. Now days afb not seen, chest, shoulder joint & back side of chest pain. What I do?
Chest X-ray result- Fibronodular shadows seen in the left apex PPD - 20mm Sputum smear 1st&2nd - AFB = 0. Do I have an active or inactive TB?
I am 27; I was diagnosed with mild ptb; sputum test is negative of afb strain. I don't experience any symptom of ptb. Can I infect my 3 mo old baby?
Skin test positive (20 mm) after 72 hrs., no afb on sputum, no cough/fever, but occasional blood in sputum (2-3/wk). Doc says not to worry, should i?
Yes: Your TB test is definitely very positive to TB and blood in sputum is always of concern. At the least, I think you need a chest x-ray tofind out what is going on since a negative AFB in sputum does not always rule out active TB and there may be other conditions which can cause the blood in sputum. ...Read more
Yellow to green phlegm in a TB patient with 4 months Myrin Treatment. No AFB seen in the lab test of this phlegm. What may be it??
Sputum samples are: Notoriously inaccurate in diagnosing specific infections, especially TB. Cultures from sputum specimens have a similar problem & take weeks to get a result. While a positive test generally indicates active TB, a negative test may mean only that it was missed. It's important to finish the complete course of treatment. Consider other possible causes of excess phlegm as well. Dr. Anne ...Read more
I was diagnosed with mild ptb; sputum test is negative of afb strain even before I start taking meds
. Can I infect my 3 mo old baby?
Unclear: Do you have tuberculosis or only a positive ppd? Btw, would use term mild tb. If only + ppd, no risk of contagion--take your inh for 9 mos. If you have the disease, there is risk and it can be devasting if the baby gets the disease--life threatening. Clarify your situation with your md asap. Get treated either way. ...Read more
TB patient 4th month on Myrin Greenyellow sputum persists with SOB is Negative for AFB now. Shadows on XRay. No fever or much cough now only phlegm???
Repeat culture and: Your prescribing physician. Please notify your prescribing physician. ...Read more
Vats wedge lung resection on solitary nodule. Results: multiple necrotizing granulomas negative for microorganisms afb & gms. Lymph nodes benign fibroadipose tissue. Tissue being cultured for what?
No cancer: It appears the biopsy suggest an old granulomatous disease in the past. This is usually a benign finding. If culture suggest PTB you may treated with anti tbd meds. Good luck. ...Read more
Only on the palm of hands and bottom of feet Langley Afb, ER didn't know what cause, said may be Pityriasis rubrapilarsis, was put on steroids on Monday, eat protein enough and in good health ; male 43 years old. What can done? Thank you
See a dermatologist!: There must be a derm. Clinic there. PRP will be on your scalp. You may have psoriasis, dyshidrotic eczema, pustulosis palmaris, etc. NOT related to protein or any other food. STOP the steroids and see a skin DR right away. Indicate it is urgent when you call. Stay away from ER, stay away from all DRs except dermatologist. ...Read more
I assume you are referring to the gram stain of some type of secretion or wound.
This means that there are many gram negative bacilli such as e.Coli, klebsiella, proteus, pseudomonas etc seen on examining the gram stained specimen under the microscope. The specific gram neg bacillus should be identified on the culture results. ...Read more
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