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Acid Fast Culture

Infectious Disease Laboratories : Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation :
TBC/S SUMMA
Specimen Type:
Sputum, BAL, Gastric aspirate, Urine, Tissue, CSF, Blood or Bone Marrow, Stool, Throat swab (ESwab) if unable to obtain sputum
Tube Type:
Specimen container, Isolator tube (blood or bone marrow)
Collection Volume:
Sputum:5-10 mL Blood or Bone Marrow: 1.5 mL in Isolator tube Gastric asp.: 5.0 mL or greater Urine: First void 25-50 mL BAL: 1.0 mL or greater
Cause for Rejection:
Specimen sent in nonsterile container. Sputum specimen consisting of all saliva. Specimens with insufficient volume will be rejected.
Storage:
Refrigerated
Availability:
Sent to reference lab
Methodology:
Fluorescent Antibody Stain for AFB, Culture for AFB
Special Instructions:
For Outpatients, test should only be drawn in outpatient locations within a Hospital (Akron or Beeghly)
Lab/Phone:
330-543-8412
TAT:
AFB stain: 24 hours; AFB culture: 8 weeks
Additional Info:
Physician will be notified of positive stains and/or cultures
CPT Code:
87116
Synonyms:
Mycobacterial Culture; AFB Culture; TB Culture