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75222-0Microscopic observation [Identifier] in Throat by Alberts stainActive

Term Description

A microscopic exam of a smear from a throat swab for suspected diphtheria. Albert's stain demonstrates the metachromatic granules in the Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacillus. The C. diphtheriae bacillus stains green and the granules stain bluish black. These granules are also called volutin bodies, Babe-Ernst granules, or polar bodies. Albert's stain can be used for the presumptive diagnosis of diphtheria. Albert's staining demonstrates the metachromatic granules in club-shaped C. diphtheriae bacilli, often arranged in Chinese character-like formations. Albert's technique can also stain non-pathogenic Corynebacterium species (diphtheroids) in the throat, thus a positive Albert's smear should only be considered a presumptive diagnosis diphtheria.
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Part Description

LP40224-5   Microscopic observation
Microscopy is a technique that uses microscopes to examine very small objects, not seen by the naked eye. There are three well-known branches of microscopy: optical, electron and scanning probe microscopy. Copyright Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ for details. Source: Wikipedia, Microscopy

Fully-Specified Name

Microscopic observation
Alberts stain

Additional Names

Short Name
Alberts Stn Throat
Display Name
Microscopic observation Alberts stain Nom (Throat)
Consumer Name Alpha
Microscopic observation, Throat

Example Answer List LL2867-1

Source: Association of Public Health Laboratories

Answer Code Score Answer ID
Corynebacterium diphtheriae shaped bacilli not seen LA20953-8
Club shaped bacilli with metachromatic granules LA20954-6
Club shaped bacilli in Chinese character-like arrangements LA20955-3
Corynebacterium diphtheriae shaped bacilli seen LA20956-1
Occasional Corynebacterium diphtheriae shaped bacilli seen LA20957-9
Corynebacterium diphtheriae shaped bacilli ++++ LA20958-7
Corynebacterium diphtheriae shaped bacilli ++ LA20960-3

Basic Attributes

First Released
Version 2.48
Last Updated
Version 2.58
Change Reason
Shortname changed to better describe test.
Order vs. Observation

Member of these Groups

LG33982-6 Microscopic observation|Prid|Sys:ANYResp

Language Variants Get Info

zh-CNChinese (China)
显微镜观察:存在与否或特征标识:时间点:咽喉:名义型:Albert 染色法
fr-FRFrench (France)
Observation microscopique:Identification:Ponctuel:Gorge:Résultat nominal:Coloration Albert
it-ITItalian (Italy)
Osservazione microscopica:Prid:Pt:Gola:Nom:Colorazione Alberts
pt-BRPortuguese (Brazil)
Observação microscópica:Ident:Pt:Garganta:Nom:Coloração de Alberts
es-MXSpanish (Mexico)
Observación microscópica:Presencia o identidad:Punto temporal:Garganta:Nominal:Mancha de albert
es-ESSpanish (Spain)
Observación microscópica:Presencia o identidad:Punto temporal:Faringe:Nom:Tinción de Albert

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