In This Section

Available Tests

  • Culture, AFB, Miscellaneous

Culture, AFB, Miscellaneous

Test ID LAB877
EPIC Order
Culture AFB
CPT Code(s) 87116
Group/Individual Test Individual
Laboratory Clinical Microbiology: 984-974-1805
Tube Station 82
Specimen Routine: See Table Below
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
Comments Deliver within 2 Hours of collection

SpecimenRequirements, AFB: Miscellaneous Sites

Specimen Type or Site Additional Comments Volume/Method of Collection

Transport Container (NOTE: No Preservatives)

Aspirate 1-5 mL/Needle and Syringe
Luer-lock capped syringe; NO NEEDLE ATTACHED or sterile cup; no aspirate material on swabs will be accepted
Biospy/Punch biopsy 1 gm Tissue

Sterile Vial, Tube, or Cup with a few drops of STERILE saline to maintain moisture

Bone Marrow Aspirate 3-5 mL

Call Microbiology, 4-1805 prior to collection

Gastric Aspirate or Lavage 5-10 mL
Sterile Cup; TRANSPORT IMMEDIATELY to Lab for neutralization of pH
Refer to: NURS 0590 Gastric Aspirate for TB Cultures- instructions for collection


Not acceptable for AFB culture see Numbered Memo Micro #130
Send biopsy/punch or aspirate material

Call Microbiology with questions 4-1805

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.

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