Acid Fast Bacilli Culture (Blood)

Last Modified: 2/2/2022 1:18:29 PM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements:

8.0 to 10.0 mL Whole Blood in a Green Top Tube - Li Heparin


Collection Instructions: Specimen must be processed by testing laboratory (Mayo Clinic) within 72 hours of collection

Should only be drawn Monday through Thursday and must be to the Parkview Regional Medical Center before 4:00 p.m. the day of collection.


Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 1 day Ambient
Rejection Criteria: No specimen should be rejected
Reference Range: See Interpretive results


Critical Ranges:
Test Comments: When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed at an additional charge
Methodology: Culture
Clinical Significance: Mycobacteremia occurs most often in immunocompromised hosts. The majority of disseminated mycobacterial infections are due to Mycobacterium avium complex but bacteremia can also be caused by other mycobacterial species including, but not limited to, Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, Mycobacterium kansasii, Mycobacterium fortuitum, Mycobacterium chelonae, Mycobacterium scrofulaceum, Mycobacterium szulgai, and Mycobacterium xenopi.(1) Mycobacterial blood cultures may be indicated for patients presenting with signs and symptoms of sepsis, especially fever of unknown origin
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 42 to 45 days
Days Performed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Mayo Laboratory
PHL Test Code: AFBCU
EPIC Test Code: LAB3004
Send Out Test Code: CTBBL
Alternate Test Names: Acid Fast Bacilli Blood Cx; AFB Blood Culture; AFB Blood Culture w/AFB Sensitivity; AFB Culture; Culture, Mycobacterium; Culture, Mycobacterium Blood; Mycobacterium; Mycobacterium Blood Culture; Mycobacterium Culture
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 87015, 87116 (Reflex 87150 x 4; 87153 x 2)

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