CULTURE BLOOD AFB (BCA)
: BCA, Blood culture AFB, Acid Fast Bacilli culture, C AFB
: AFB culture
: BACTEC FX, continuous monitoring system
: Negative for acid fast bacilli
: Myco/F Lytic bottle 1-5 mL
: 5 mL
: 1 mL
: Room temperature
: Send to lab immediately.
Reasons for Rejection
: Excessive delay in transport.
: 6 weeks for negative culture. Varies for positive culture
: Positive cultures are called.
: 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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