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Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code AFBR
Performed by? Microbiology (AFB)
Sendout? no
Price range $$$
In House Availability 7 days
Principle Respiratory specimens submitted for mycobacterial culture are almost always contaminated with normal host microbiota. Contaminated specimens require a digestion-decontamination step and concentration in order to maximize recovery of mycobacteria. An AFB smear is performed on the concentrated sediment. The sediment is inoculated into AFB culture media and incubated for up to 8 weeks. Negative cultures are finalized after 8 weeks. Positive cultures are reported as soon as AFB are recovered.
Container type sterile, screw-capped container
Collection Instructions Bronchoalveolar lavage specimens are collected during bronchoscopy. Bronchoscopy exams are arranged through Chest Service Fellow (pager 443-6214)
Sample type Bronchoalveolar lavage
Min. Volume 10 mL
Synonyms BAL (Bronchoalveolar Lavage) Culture;Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) Culture;
Stability Deliver to Microbiology Laboratory (2M33) immediately.
References Kent, PT and GP Kubica. 1985. Public Health Mycobacteria: A Guide for the Level III Laboratory. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC. Atlanta GA.
CPT coding 87206
Last Updated 8/19/2009 1:31:59 PM
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