Preliminary results are reported in 12-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of positive cultures. Negative cultures are reported after 6 weeks.
Body Fluid Culture, AFB
Ascitic Fluid, AFB Culture
Culture, Body Fluid, AFB
Mycobacteria Culture, Body Fluid
Pericardial Fluid, AFB Culture
Peritoneal Fluid, AFB Culture
Pleural Fluid, AFB Culture
Synovial Fluid, AFB Culture
TB Culture, Body Fluid
Thoracentesis Fluid, AFB Culture
AFB BTA CULTURE
AFB Smear and Culture
Acid Fast Bacilli Culture, Body Fluid
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No growth of mycobacteria
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
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