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  • AFB Culture with Stain (Mycobateria)

    Test Name:AFB Culture with Stain (Mycobacteria)
    Epic Order Code:LAB877  
    CPT Code:Test:87116 
     Fluorescent smear:87206 
    Specimen(s) Type:Can be ordered on any source suspected of harboring AFB, except feces. Specimens should not be submitted on swabs or culturettes.
    Acceptable Container(s):Sterile screw cap plastic cup
    Testing Schedule:Specimens may be submitted 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Specimens are batched Monday - Friday at 9am.
    Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
     Routine: 42 days; preliminary results reported after 1 week.
    Collection Information:Refer to Microbiology Collection Information by Source. If multiple specimens are to be collected, do not collect on same day.
    Transport Information:Deliver to the lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
    Reference Client:If unable to deliver to lab immediately, store and transport specimens at 2 - 8° C. Specimens must be received in lab within 24 hours.
    Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, improper/delay in transport.
    Reference Range:Culture negative for Mycobacteria.
    Additional Information:If an induced sputum series from Respiratory Therapy is to be collected, notify the Microbiology Laboratory at 984-2358. Notate this special collection in the comment field of the order.
     Acid-fast smears are performed between 10am and 4pm. Specimens received after 9am Friday until Monday morning will have direct Kinyoun smears performed.
     Feces may be cultured if M. avium/intracellulare if suspected. The laboratory must be notified if Acid fast smears are required; if positive the specimen is submitted to the Mississippi State Board of Health for cultures. Feces specimens for AFB are performed by MS State Board of Health at their discretion.