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Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs

Acid Fast Susceptibility- 5 Drugs test is also known as Acid Fast Bacilli Susceptibility 5 Drugs LJ and Tuberculosis Smear with Culture Sensitivity test.

What is Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test?

 Acid Fast Susceptibility- 5 drugs test helps in detecting, growing, isolating, and then testing the sensitivity of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) to antibiotics.

 Sensitivity to different antibiotics gets visible under the microscope. This helps physicians make plans to progress the treatment of Acid Fast Susceptibility.

Why is Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test suggested?

 Patients under the following categories are often suggested an Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test.

  • Patient was in close contact with someone suffering from tuberculosis and now experiences its repercussions.
  • The patient is already treated for tuberculosis.

How is Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test performed?

Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test is performed by collecting sputum.

  • Samples are collected early in the morning, for about 3-5 times, in separate containers.
  • A bronchoscopy is performed when the patient is unable to produce sputum.
  • Gastric aspirates are collected in young children because they cannot produce sputum.

Cerebrospinal fluid and blood are other samples for Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test.

What are the parameters measured in Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test?

 A positive Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test result indicates that the patient might possess a mycobacterial infection.

Preparation before performing Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test

 No special preparation is needed for Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test.

  1. Prepare for the test early morning, before having breakfast.
  2. Always rinse your mouth with water before coughing up the sputum.

Post-care after Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test

 The results of an Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test take 2 to 6 weeks.

  1. You might be treated for tuberculosis during this period if your doctor decides so.
  2. If AFB culture test shows positive, doctors find out which antibiotic will work best for your treatment.

Sample types in Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test

Samples involve cerebrospinal fluid, blood, urine, stools and joint fluid.

Side-effects/ risks of Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs test

 Acid Fast Susceptibility – 5 drugs tests are very accurate and generally do not possess any risks.

  • If a blood sample is taken, risks of bruising and infection arise without sterile needles.

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