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AFB culture

Lab Section: 

Microbiology

 

Lab Location: 

Main Lab

Test ID: 

LAB877

 

Synonyms: 

Mycobacteria Culture TB Culture

Schedule: 

Monday Saturday; exception Respiratory Inpatient submissions are processed 7 days a week

Reported: 

8 weeks

Specimen Requirements: 

Collection: 5.0 ml Culture in a Sterile Container.
Collect culture in Sterile, leak-proof container.
Prefer 5-10 ml; Minimum 1 ml
Sputum 3-10 ml
Urine - 1st morning urine - Do not send 24 hour urine
CSF - 2-5 ml ideal; <1 ml unacceptable
Body fluids - 1-5 ml minimum
Tissue - small piece in small amount of sterile saline
Gastric - 3-5 ml minimum - must arrive within 1 hour of collection; Notify Lab BEFORE sending sample
Transport: Refrigerate if transport delayed more than 1 hour.
Unacceptable conditions: No swabs or Eswabs accepted

 

Notes: 

The test order includes Concentration, AFB Culture and AFB Stain

Tests in this Panel: 

Test Name

Reference Interval

AFB Culture [LRR11679]

Age Limit

Sex

Normal Range

0 Days - 999 Years

Any

No Growth After 8 Weeks of Incubation

AFB Stain [LRR11682]

CPT Code(s): 

87116,87206,87015

Last Changed: 

12/09/2016 15:32:39

Last Reviewed: 

8/23/2017 12:52:53 PM