Days Set Up
Monday - Saturday
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.

MiChart Code
AFB Culture, Source Other Than Blood
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Abscess, AFB Culture
Wound Culture, AFB
Biopsy, AFB Culture
Culture, Wound, AFB
Mycobacteria Culture, Wound
Pus, AFB Culture
TB Culture, Wound
AFB Smear and Culture
Acid Fast Bacilli Culture, Wound

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

BD MGIT, 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 Onsite

Please contact the laboratory at 936-6877 for smear only or culture only requests. Collect pus, purulent fluid, wound, biopsy, lesions, cysts, exudate. DO NOT SEND SWABS. Patient prep: for fluids, prepare sterile aspiration site. Indicate source current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis. Rejection criteria: specimen received on swab. For optimum recovery, send directly to the Microbiology Laboratory.

Collection Offsite

Collect pus, purulent fluid, wound, biopsy, lesions, cysts, or exudate. DO NOT SEND SWABS. 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 specimen. Swab specimens are not acceptable.

Normal Volume
0.5 - 5 mL fluid
Minimum Volume
0.5 - 5 mL fluid

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.