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Culture, AFB, Respiratory (Includes culture for Nocardia spp.)

Test ID   LAB877
EPIC Order
  Culture, AFB
CPT Code(s)   87116
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Clinical Microbiology; 984-974-1830
Tube Station   82
Specimen Routine: See Table Below
AFB Smear:   Yes
Availability Routine: Specimens received in lab by 8:00 Mon-Fri will have smear results by 17:00 the same day. If an AFB smear is needed on Saturday or Sunday, please call the Microbiology Lab (984) 974-1805 for a lab director consult.
  STAT: NA
Turnaround Time   Culture held for 8 weeks
Reference Range Normal: Negative
     
Comments Ideally specimens should be delivered to the laboratory within 1 hour of collection.  For longer transport times, specimen must be refrigerated.

 Specimen Requirements, AFB: Respiratory

Specimen Type or Site
Volume/Method of Collection Transport Container
Bronchial Brush or Bartlett Brush   Brush Sterile Tube with 0.5mL STERILE saline
Bronchial Washing   5mL Sterile Container
Sputum, Tracheal Aspirate*   5-10mL Sterile Cup
Deep Pharyngeal (CF Patients)   One swab WHITE CAP Single Swab
*A maximum of three specimens, collected at no less than 8 hour intervals (at least one in the early morning) will be accepted for culture.  Physicians will be notified of duplicate specimens.  Subsequent specimens submitted after a bronchoscopy or after therapy is initiated will be accepted. 
**Please note on requisition if/which bronchoscopy specimens can be combined for AFB culture.

Reviewed by gloria_crawford on February 17, 2016

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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