Ordering Recommendation

Order to culture acid-fast bacteria and fungi from blood or bone marrow specimens.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Aseptic draw.


Whole blood in yellow (SPS) (ARUP supply #24964) or in Bactec Myco/F Lytic bottle (ARUP supply # 31916).
OR bone marrow in yellow (SPS) (ARUP supply # 24964).
Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.

Specimen Preparation

Whole Blood: Transport 7 mL in tube or 5 mL bottle. (Min: 1 mL)
Bone Marrow: Transport 7 mL in tube. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room Temperature

Unacceptable Conditions

Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable


Continuous Monitoring Blood Culture/Identification




1-43 days
Negative culture reported at 43 days.  Positive culture reported as soon as detected.

Reference Interval

No growth

Interpretive Data

Compliance Category



Identification and susceptibility testing is performed on positive cultures at an additional charge.

A single SPS or Myco/F Lytic bottle is collected for both AFB and fungal cultures.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

87103; 87116; CPT codes vary based on method.


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060024 Culture, Blood for AFB and Fungus 97758-7
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  • AFB Culture, Blood
  • Culture, Blood for AFB & Fungus
Blood Culture, AFB and Fungal