Mycobacterial (AFB) Culture and Smear AFBC

Method(s) Culture/Fluorochrome Stain
Specimen Required
Collect Sputum, fluid, urine or piece of tissue. For sputum: first morning deep cough specimen.
Transport 2 mL at 20-25ºC.
Unacceptable Conditions Swab specimens
Schedule Daily
Billing Code 3010175
CPTCode 87117, 87206, 87015, 87556
Notes A direct specimen PCR test for M. tuberculosis complex in sputum is automatically performed on one of three sputum samples submitted for the detection of M. tuberculosis. It is also approved for sputum specimens submitted to remove patients from respiratory isolation. Cultures are routinely held for 8 weeks. A bacterial culture, fungal culture, and AFB culture will always be performed on bronchial specimens.
Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

No AFB isolated.

No Appointment Necessary
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