From:Lee & Peggy Wenk <>

My turn to bite . . . 

What's an AAFB?

Atypical Acid Fast Bacteria?

Alcohol-resistant Acid Fast Bacteria?

Agnostic Acid Fast Bacteria?

Arrogant Acid Fast Bacteria?

You get the idea. I think I will have fun
making up other "A" names for AFB
for the rest of the day.

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

-----Original Message-----
From: N Kenneison <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2000 2:38 PM
Subject: AAFB vs AFB

>Hi there a little question has arisen whilst talking to microbiologist =
>rough jist is - 
>AFB = AAFB according to Microbiologist
>Leprae is an AFB only not a an AAFB
>All infectious, opportunistic / atypical or otherwise are all AAFB and
>not AFB,
>AFB are only seen in Wadefite staining, but not in ZN ( no alcohol
>AAFB are seen in both ZN and Wadefite.
>As the above is true why does all literature refer only to AFBs  and not
>differentiate between AFBs and AAFBs - is this just a nomenclature fault
>continued over the years or just sloppy writing.
>Can anyone give an example of an Acid Fast Bacilli that causes human
>disease that is not seen if subjected to alcohol immersion (ZN stain).
> Any answers out there 
>N Kenneison

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