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Culture, AFB, Fluids

Test ID   LAB877
EPIC Order
  AFB Fluid Culture
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.  
Turnaround Time   Cultures held for 8 weeks
Reference Range Normal:  
Comments Deliver within 2 Hours of collection. See Reference notes below.

Specimen Requirements, AFB: Fluids

Specimen Type or Site Comments Volume/Method of Collection Transport Container (NOTE: No Preservatives)
CSF (Spinal Fluid)   5 mL Minimum Sterile Tube 
Fluids:  Pericardial; Peritoneal, Pleural, etc. 
Grossly bloody pericardial fluid
not suitable for AFB smear
As Much as Possible, but Not more than 100 mL Sterile Tube or Cup

Reviewed by jcayless on December 02, 2019

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.

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