Mycobacterial Blood Culture

Method(s) Culture
Specimen Required
Collect

Two green (heparin) top tubes.

Transport

8-10 mL whole blood tube refrigerated (2-8°C).

Remarks

Refrigerated specimen preferred.

Stability

Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: (Preferred) 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Schedule Daily
Billing Code 3010113
CPTCode 87116
Notes

Cultures are routinely held for 8 weeks. Collect Monday-Thursday ONLY.

Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

No AFB isolated.

No Appointment Necessary
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