CULTURE BODY FLUID AFB (BFA)
: BFA, Acid Fast Bacilli, Body fluid culture - AFB
: AFB culture, AFB smear
: 87116: culture, 87206: stain, 87015: concentration
: Culture and fluorochrome stain
: Negative for acid fast bacilli
: Sterile container
: Body fluid, specify source - Swabs are unacceptable.
: 10 mL
: 5 mL
: Room temperature
: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection
: Non sterile or leaking container. Specimens submitted in anticoagulant other than SPS. Excessive delay in transport.
: AFB smear: 1-3 days. Culture: 6 weeks for negative culture. Varies for positive culture
: AFB smear included with culture and has a separate charge. There will be separate charges for organism identification for positive cultures. AFB susceptibility testing is sent out to a reference laboratory. Mycobacterium tuberculosis susceptibility testing is done automatically by the TN State Lab. Susceptibility testing for other Mycobacterium species must be requested; these tests are sent to a reference laboratory.
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