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CULTURE ABSCESS AFB (ABA)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): Abscess culture AFB, ABA, Acid Fast Bacilli
Test Components: AFB culture, AFB smear
CPT Codes: 87116: culture 87206: stain 87015: concentration
Methodology: Culture and flurochrome stain
Reference Range: Negative for acid fast bacilli.
Tube Type: Sterile container
Specimen: Abscess: aspirate or purulent material. SPECIFY SOURCE. Swabs are unacceptable.
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Leaking or nonsterile container, 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 by calling the Microbiology Lab at 615-322-3406.

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