CULTURE BRONCHIAL AFB (BRA)
: BRA, Bronchial culture, Acid fast bacilli, BAL AFB culture
: AFB culture and smear
: 87116: culture, 87206: stain, 87015: concentration
: Culture and fluorochrome stain
: Negative for acid fast bacilli
: Sterile container
: Bronchial lavage, brush, wash
: > 10 mL
: 10 mL
: Room temperature
: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection
: Non sterile or leaking container. Excessive delay in transport.
: AFB smear: 24 hours. Culture: 6 weeks for negative culture. Varies for positive culture
: Specify source. 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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