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Acid Fast Bacilli Culture

eD-H Order Code


Specimen Collection Information

Specimen Minimum Test Volume Container Special Handling
Varies 1.0 ML  

Specimen Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Eswab: 72 hours, Sterile cup: 72hours

Additional Specimen Instructions

AFB culture includes a direct smear stain. Direct smears are batched once daily Monday-Friday. If a smear result is needed over a weekend or holiday, call the lab.

Lower Respiraotry (sputum): sterile container, minimum volume 2mL

Body Fluid: sterile container or Eswab, minimum volume 1mL

Tissue: sterile container or Eswab, minumim 5-10mm (pea-sized tissue)

Blood and Bone marrow: BOTH an isolator tube & Myco F/lytic bottle (call lab to obtain).

CSF: sterile containerminimum volume 5mL

Urine: sterile container, minimum 30-50mL

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; continuously

Performing Lab Section