Days Set Up
Sunday - Friday, 7:00am - 11:00pm
Analytic Time

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.

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Skin Culture, AFB
Culture, Skin, AFB
Cutaneous, AFB Culture
Mycobacteria Culture, Skin
TB Culture, Skin
AFB Smear and Culture
Acid Fast Bacilli Culture, Skin

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Versa Trek, Culture

Test Usage

Isolate and identify mycobacteria

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

Aseptically collect scrapings or biopsy of skin or lesions. DO NOT SEND SWABS. The portion of the surgical specimen submitted for AFB culture should be separated from the portion submitted for other testing. For optimum recovery, send immediately. If specimen must be stored, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs; do not incubate. Indicate specimen source and collection date/time.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
Visible scrapings or punch biopsy in sterile tube with 0.5 mL sterile saline. DO NOT SEND SWABS.
Minimum Volume
Visible scrapings or punch biopsy in sterile tube with 0.5 mL sterile saline. DO NOT SEND SWABS.

Billing Information

CPT Code
87116 Culture, 87206 Smear
Pro Fee Code

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Our High Standard

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.