AFB - Bronchial Wash

AFB – Acid- Fast- Bacillus is a kind of Bacteria that is the reason for Tuberculosis (TB) and other infections. TB causes Health issues to the lungs, Brain, Spine, and Kidneys. As per the Doctor’s recommendations, samples taken from various places such as Blood, Urine, Phlegm for this test for diagnosing Tuberculosis and infections like Leprosy. In Bronchial washing, samples are taken from the cells inside of the path (Airways) to the Lungs for diagnosing Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.
Test Code: 1219
₹ 150.00


Why AFB Bronchial wash test?


AFB Bronchial wash is also called lung wash or lung lavage, to flush the surfactant build-up from the lungs. Clinicians insert twin endotracheal tubes into the lungs while the patient is in anesthesia. They stream saline into one and while the other receives oxygen to keep the patients breathing. It is very helpful for the early detection of mycobacterium tuberculosis. Broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) is a useful and safe procedure for sampling cellular elements of the lungs. During this procedure, a saline solution is introduced through the flexible wedging bronchoscope or a catheter into the sub-segment of the lung (bronchus – distal airway) to wash the airways and capture an aspirate fluid (by gentle suction and collection) sample as a specimen for further studies. BAL is a diagnostic tool for accurate diagnosis of various infections and sample specimens for inoculation of culture and sensitivity. 

The complications are coughing of blood with chest pain, shortness of breath, and also the potential risk of iatrogenic side effect is induction of pneumonia (even though the percentage of probability in the occurrence is low).

General instructions:

Sample Requirement: Specimen cells samples are collected from the airways to the lungs by bronchial washing. Test Preparation: None.

NOTE - Sample for specimen collections may vary based on the patient’s condition/cases according to the patient’s presentingcomplaints / signs or symptoms:

SPECIMENREQUIREMENT (Special or Rare Cases) - As instructed and guided by Physician / Clinician / Pathologist / as per Laboratory’s requirements, according to procedures and protocols.   

This Multi-Specialty Clinical Referral Laboratory “RTDIAGNOSTICS” provides precise and accurate tests with an extensive range of testing services to the medical centers to help in the diagnosis and identification of pathology in the test specimens for infectious diseases and also to evaluate the function of organ systems of the patient. It prevents further complications and helps to stabilize and restore health to near normalcy at the earliest without delay.