Blood Culture, Mycobacteria (AFB)

Abbrev Code:BAFBCX   
Order Code:LAB246Order Name:Blood Culture AFB
Synonyms:Mycobacterium Blood Culture; AFB Blood Culture
Methodology:BACTEC fluorescence culture method
CPT Codes: 87116 x1, 87158 x1
Test Includes:Culture for Mycobacteria in blood stream of patients with depressed immune systems (e.g., Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Mycobacterial species that are detected will be referred to ARUP Laboratories for further identification.
Turnaround Time:Preliminary results are updated daily. Physician is contacted when culture is positive; negative results are reported within 6 weeks.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood or bone marrow
Optimal Volume:8 mL blood or 4 mL bone marrow
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.5 mL low volume blood or bone marrow
Container:Yellow (SPS) Liquoid
Collection Instructions:
See Blood Collection for Cultures (Bacterial, Fungal, Viral) under Laboratory Procedures.  
Patient Preparation:
See Blood Collection for Cultures (Bacterial, Fungal, Viral) under Laboratory Procedures.  

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Stability:Collection vials are not stored in laboratory.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Critical Range:Any Mycobacterial isolate should be evaluated in relation to the patient's clinical state.
Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Isolate mycobacteria.

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