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Acid Fast Culture

SIM

40790 

CPT

87116 

Synonyms

Mycobacteria, TB, AFB, MAC 

Specimen Type

Miscellaneous 

Container

Sterile Specimen Container

Collection Instructions

For sputums, three early morning specimens , collected on different days are recommended for adequate recovery.

Volume

Max:  5 mL 
Min:   1ml 

Additional Information

Includes  AFB smear

Patient Preparation

 

Specimen Processing Instructions

 

Transport Requirements

Room Temp.

Specimen Stability

> 1 hr Refrigerate 

Rejection Criteria

Insufficient volume, improperly labeled or identified

Reference Range

No AFB isolated

Critical Value

AFB Smear Positive. Culture  Positive for AFB 

Test Includes

Direct and Concentrated AFB Smears.  Isolation of Mycobacterium species.   

Methodology

Culture.  Testing performed at SCDHEC Lab 

Testing Frequency

Daily. Direct AFB Smear results available in 24hrs 

 

 

Reviewed By

Frankie Rice 

Reviewed Date

1/22/2018

Supplemental

Identification of M.Tb and MAC only. No sensitivities routinely performed.
Special request for further identification and sensitivities if warranted.

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