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.
Tissue Culture, AFB
Biopsy, AFB Culture
Culture, Tissue, AFB
Mycobacteria Culture, Tissue
Surgical Specimen, AFB Culture
TB Culture, Tissue
AFB BTA CULTURE
AFB Smear and Culture
Acid Fast Bacilli Culture, Tissue
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No growth of mycobacteria
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Please contact the laboratory at 936-6877 for smear only or culture only requests. Prepare biopsy site in a sterile manner and collect tissue into a sterile container with 0.5 mL sterile saline. DO NOT SEND SWABS. The portion of the surgical specimen submitted to the Microbiology Laboratory should be separated from the portion submitted to the Pathology Department by the surgeon, utilizing sterile technique. Indicate current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis. For optimum recovery, send directly to the Microbiology Laboratory. Rejection criteria: specimen sent on swab, desiccated specimen, specimen sent in formalin or other preservative.
Collect tissue into a sterile container with 0.5 mL sterile saline following sterile preparation of biopsy site. DO NOT SEND SWABS. The portion of the surgical specimen submitted for this test 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. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy, and clinical diagnosis. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the original specimen.