Mycobacterial (AFB) Culture and Smear AFBC
|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|
|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)|
No AFB isolated.