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Mycobacterium - AFB Smear and Culture

Updated

12/2/2016

Other Names Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB); Acid Fast Bacillus (AFB)
How to Order
Check the AFB Smear/Culture box under MYCOBACTERIUM on the General Microbiology Request Form
Availability
County and State Public Health entities
Methodology
Standard reference methods for AFB smear and Culture
Performed
Daily during business hours
Time to Reporting
 
Smear: within one working day after receipt of specimen.
Culture: up to 8 weeks after receipt of specimen.
CPT Code
87015, 87206, 87116, 87552


Specimen Collection Details

Collection
Collection kits available on request. Collect Sputum into 50ml tube provided  Detailed instructions for collection, packaging, and submission of specimens can be found at public.health.oregon.gov/LaboratoryServices/Documents/tb.pdf
Optimal Volume
5 ml (Not more than 10 ml)
Minimum Volume
1 ml (lower volumes processed with qualifier)
Handling
Refrigerate samples at 2-8ºC if transport is delayed
Transport
Transport at refrigerated temperatures for receipt at the OSPHL within 5 days of specimen collection. 
 
Transport at room temperature is accepted but not preferred.
Rejection Criteria
Comments
For additional information or assistance, please contact the laboratory at 503-693-4100.