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CULTURE BONE MARROW AFB (BMA)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): BMA, Acid Fast bacilli, Bone marrow culture
Test Components: AFB culture, AFB smear
CPT Codes: 87116: culture, 87206: stain, 87015: concentration
Methodology: Culture and fluorochrome stain
Reference Range: Negative for acid fast bacilli
Tube Type: SPS anticoagulant - 1-5 mL Container obtained from lab, 615-322-3046.
Specimen: Bone marrow
Volume: >1 mL
Minimum Volume: 1 mL
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Non sterile or leaking container. Specimens submitted in anticoagulant other than SPS. Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: AFB smear: 1-3 days. Culture: 6 weeks for negative culture. Varies for positive culture
Special Instructions: 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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