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Test Code TC AFB CULTURE

Important Note

Please specify specimen and collection site with order.

Cultures with organisms growing are maintained in the laboratory for 90 days after finalization.

When organisms are detected on culture, a preliminary result is available via the computer and the clinician is called with a verbal report.

AFB Culture on urine is indicated for patients on BCG Therapy for bladder cancer.

Pathology approval is required.

Additional Codes

Primary ID Epic Code Mayo Access ID
TC LAB877 FAH5915

Specimen Information

Container Specimen

Temperature

Collect Vol

Submit
Vol

Minimum Vol
Sterile Container Fluid

Refrigerate

15 mL 15 mL 10 mL
Sterile Container CSF*

Ambient

10 mL 10 mL 3.0 mL
Sterile Container Aspirated Pus

Refrigerate

5 mL 5 mL 1.0 mL
Sterile Container Tissue

Refrigerate

2 mm 2 mm 1 mm
Sterile Container **Sputum

Refrigerate

5 mL 5 mL 3 mL
Sterile Container Aspirate

Refrigerate

N/A N/A N/A
Sterile Container Respiratory Biopsy

Refrigerate

N/A N/A N/A
Sterile Container Lung Tissue

Refrigerate

2 mm 2 mm 1 mm
Sterile Container ***Urine

Refrigerate

40 mL 40 mL 10 mL

*10 mL of CSF is recommended if Mycobacteria is strongly suspected.
The sample must be received within 48 hours of collection.
The sample must be sealed in a leakproof container.

**Sputum (3 first morning specimens on different days is recommended, however 3 specimens collected 8 hours apart is acceptable as long as one specimen was collected as a first morning specimen.)

***AFB Culture on urine is indicated for patients on BCG Therapy for bladder cancer.
First morning specimen preferred. 24 hour collection not accepted.

AFB smear is recommended with culture.

*Pathology Approval is required

Test Schedule / Analytical Time / Test Priority

Monday – Friday / Reported when positive. Negative final at 56 days / AFB Smear NOT available STAT

Method

Culture

CPT(s)

Description                                                            

CPT Code
AFB Culture 87116
Concentration for Infectious Agents 87015

Testing includes culture, identification, (additional charges/CPT codes may apply) and if culture results warrant, susceptibility testing (at an additional charge) of all indicated organisms.

Instrumentation

Biomerieux Bact/Alert

Reference Range

Negative: No acid-fast bacilli isolated, final at 8 weeks

Section

Microbiology-2

Performing Location

University of Vermont Medical Center

Is the UVMMC lab NY State Certified to perform this testing?  Yes/No

Yes

Order Code LOINC

Order Code Reporting Name LOINC Code

In process

Result Code LOINC(s)

Result Code Reporting Name LOINC Code

In process