Days Set Up
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.

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Bone Marrow Culture, AFB
Culture, Bone Marrow, AFB
Mycobacteria Culture, Bone Marrow
TB Culture, Bone Marrow
Acid Fast Bacilli Culture, Bone Marrow

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

BacTec Myco/F Lytic Culture Vial

Test Usage

Effective method for isolating atypical mycobacteria from bone marrow 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 Offsite

Collect bone marrow in pediatric Isolator tube available from MLabs. After collecting specimen, mix tube contents well to lyse blood cells and prevent clotting. Do not refrigerate or incubate; store and transport at room temperature. For optimum recovery, send directly to the laboratory; Isolator may be stored up to 16 hours. Label tube with patient's 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 called and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the specimen.

Pediatric Isolater Tube
Normal Volume
1.5 ml sent in pediatric Wampole Isolator tube
Minimum Volume
0.5 ml sent in pediatric Wampole Isolator tube

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Quality that sets us apart

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.