Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

AFB Culture and Smear - Blood and Bone Marrow

  • Synonyms: TB Culture, Acid Fast Culture
  • LIS Mnemonic: CAFBLG

    Collect

    Blood or bone marrow collected in a 1.5 mL isolator tube available through the lab (x42330 or 215-590-2331).

    Volume Required

    1.5 mL

    Minimum Required

    1.5 mL

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    To ensure recovery of any possible acid fast bacteria, specimens should be sent to the lab immediately.

Days Performed

Monday-Friday

Reported

Preliminary report in 7 days

CPT

87118

Methodology

Culture; Smear: Screen- fluorescent, Confirmatory- Kinyoun stain