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AFB contaminant
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Abbott, Tanya
2015-07-09 19:09:42 UTC
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Has anyone ever had a problem with a possible contaminant in their AFB hand stain? If so, how did you deal with it? Any suggestions?
Ours actually looked like an AFB like organism, which we later determined to be negative.
Thanks!

Tanya G. Abbott
Manager Technologist
Histology/Cytology
St Joseph Medical Center
(phone) 610-378-2635

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Kienitz, Kari
2015-07-09 19:47:27 UTC
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most likely a fungus ball, confirm with a PAS


Kari Kienitz HT, (ASCP)
Histology Laboratory
Gastroenterology-EAST
The Oregon Clinic
1111 NE 99th Ave
Portland, OR 97220
503.935.8311
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From: Abbott, Tanya [***@catholichealth.net]
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Subject: [Histonet] AFB contaminant

Has anyone ever had a problem with a possible contaminant in their AFB hand stain? If so, how did you deal with it? Any suggestions?
Ours actually looked like an AFB like organism, which we later determined to be negative.
Thanks!

Tanya G. Abbott
Manager Technologist
Histology/Cytology
St Joseph Medical Center
(phone) 610-378-2635

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Bryan Llewellyn
2015-07-09 20:03:41 UTC
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Hi,
This may be AFB contamination from tap water. The organisms grow in the
end of cold water taps. You should take the taps apart and thoroughly
descale and scrub out. The organisms may be somewhat longer and thicker
than TB, and may be quite distinctly beaded.

Bryan Llewellyn
Post by Abbott, Tanya
Has anyone ever had a problem with a possible contaminant in their AFB hand stain? If so, how did you deal with it? Any suggestions?
Ours actually looked like an AFB like organism, which we later determined to be negative.
Thanks!
Tanya G. Abbott
Manager Technologist
Histology/Cytology
St Joseph Medical Center
(phone) 610-378-2635
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Morken, Timothy
2015-07-09 20:36:05 UTC
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We had some a few years ago and thought it was contaminating bacteria, but turned out to be dirty water from the di tap. We had our plumbers take it apart and clean everything.


Tim Morken
Pathology Site Manager, Parnassus
Supervisor, Electron Microscopy/Neuromuscular Special Studies
Department of Pathology
UC San Francisco Medical Center



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From: Abbott, Tanya [mailto:***@catholichealth.net]
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Subject: [Histonet] AFB contaminant

Has anyone ever had a problem with a possible contaminant in their AFB hand stain? If so, how did you deal with it? Any suggestions?
Ours actually looked like an AFB like organism, which we later determined to be negative.
Thanks!

Tanya G. Abbott
Manager Technologist
Histology/Cytology
St Joseph Medical Center
(phone) 610-378-2635

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