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AFB Culture with Stain (Mycobacteria)

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 at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday.
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 (601) 984-2358. Notate this special collection in the comment field of the order.
 Acid-fast smears are performed between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Specimens received after 9 a.m. 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 its discretion.