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What is acid-fast bacilli ?

What is acid-fast bacilli ?

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

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Z-n stain for afb is negative imp: reactive lymphoid hyperplasia. Pls tell me is it cancer or not?

Z-n stain for afb is negative
imp: reactive lymphoid hyperplasia. Pls tell me is it cancer or not?

Unlikely: By biopsy if it is reactive hyperplasia , means then it is not cancer , but need observation. , AFB negative means did not see in lymph gland, also have to wait few wks to get culture report back, follow your doctor's advises ...Read more

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What do u mean with gram stained smears shows numerous gram-negative rod-shaped bacilli?. Its my lab result please help

What do u mean with gram stained smears shows numerous gram-negative rod-shaped bacilli?. Its my lab result  please help

Bacterial infection: By gram negative rods / bacilli. You didn't say where, but even if this is sputum and you are a smoker, it's likely it's a real infection. Your physician knows how to deal with it, and if you've gotten the report, he/she has already got plans to treat it. ...Read more

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Had my GRAM STAIN TEST : result is MANY GRAM POSITIVE BACILLI . What does it mean? I am infected?

Had my GRAM STAIN TEST : result is MANY GRAM POSITIVE BACILLI . What does it mean? I am infected?

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

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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?

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

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Positive for fungal spores gram stain:few gram negative bacilli in singles, few gram cocci in singles and moderate epithelial cells & pus cells noted ?

Positive for fungal spores
gram stain:few gram negative bacilli in singles, few gram cocci in singles and moderate epithelial cells & pus cells noted ?

Sputum?: This sounds like a grossly inadequate sputum specimen, or one which was actually primarily saliva. The organisms seen are all part of normal oral flora, and this specimen should be repeated with an induced sputum specimen if the clinical situation warrants. ...Read more

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We have a TB patient (afb 2+)in our home , what are the precautions should be taken by us?

We have a TB patient (afb 2+)in our home , what are the precautions should be taken by us?

Tuberculosis: 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