Test Name: FITE


Methodology: Special Stains


Test Description

FITE stains is used to detect M. leprae (leprosy) and Rhodococcus; it combines peanut oil with xylene to minimize exposure of bacteria cell wall to organic solvents and protect precarious acid-fastness of organism.


Specimen Requirements

A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type or one (1) unbaked, unstained slide cut at 4-5 microns for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides cut at 3-4 microns for each test/antibody ordered.


Storage and Transport

Use cold pack during transport of paraffin blocks and unstained slides. Cold pack should not be placed in direct contact with the specimen during shipping


Specimen Rejection Criteria

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Turn Around Time (TAT): 2- 3 Days


CPT Codes*: 88313


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