Evaluation of a Rapid fluorescent staining method for detection of mycobacteria in clinical specimens

Cindy Hendry, Kim Dionne, Annie Hedgepeth, Karen C Carroll, Nicole M Parrish

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Rapid detection of mycobacterial disease is essential. Using multiple specimen types and concentrations of mycobacteria, we compared two commercial auramine O stains. The more rapid stain permitted consistent acid-fast bacillus quantitation and exhibited less debris staining, and the staining procedure required less time (∼2 min) to perform. These results suggest that the rapid stain may be more cost-effective and efficient for use in clinical laboratories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1206-1208
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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