Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of positive cultures. Negative cultures are reported after 6 weeks.

MiChart Code
AFB Culture, Blood
Soft Order Code
AFBBL

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Synonyms

Blood Culture, AFB
AFB, M. avium-intracellulare Blood Culture
AFBI
Blood Culture, M. avium-intracellulare
Culture, Blood, AFB
M. avium-intracellulare Blood Culture
Mycobacteria Culture, Blood
Quantitative Blood Culture
AFB BLOOD CULTURE
AFBBLD
AFB BLOOD CULTURE
TB Culture, Blood
Acid Fast Bacilli Culture, Blood

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Bactec Blood Culture, AFB

Test Usage

Effective method for isolating atypical mycobacteria from blood in acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Reference Range

No growth of mycobacteria

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Swab skin over the site of venipuncture with iodoform solution for 1 minute in a 2 inch circular area around vein to be used, using vigorous strokes and working from the center to the periphery. Allow to dry 2 minutes before performing venipuncture. If use of 2% iodine preparation is contraindicated in patients sensitive to iodine, alcohol alone may be used. DO NOT palpitate venipuncture site after preparation. Draw blood into BacTec Myco/F Lytic Culture Vial. Do not refrigerate or incubate. For optimum recovery, send directly to the Microbiology laboratory STAT. Do NOT send BacTec Myco/F Lytic Culture Vial through pneumatic tube system, hand deliver to Microbiology Laboratory. Label bottle with patients name, registration number, and culture number or anatomic site if more than one culture is drawn at one time. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic or antifungal therapy, and clinical diagnosis.

Collection Offsite

Swab skin over the site of venipuncture with iodoform solution for 1 minute in a 2 inch circular area around vein to be used, using vigorous strokes and working from the center to the periphery. Allow to dry 2 minutes before performing venipuncture. If use of 2% iodine preparation is contraindicated in patients sensitive to iodine, alcohol alone may be used. DO NOT palpitate venipuncture site after preparation. Draw blood into BacTec Myco/F Lytic Culture Vial . Do not refrigerate or incubate. For optimum recovery, send directly to the laboratory. Label bottle with patients name, registration number, and culture number or anatomic site if more than one culture is drawn at one time. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic or antifungal therapy, and clinical diagnosis. If unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified before disposal of the original specimen.

Isolator Tube
Pediatric Isolater Tube
Normal Volume
3 - 5 mL in BacTec Myco/F Lytic Culture Vial
Minimum Volume
3 mL in BacTec Myco/F Lytic Culture Vial

Billing Information

CPT Code
87116
Pro Fee Code
 
LOINC
 

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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.