Ordering Recommendation

Identify acid-fast bacteria in blood or bone marrow specimens.

Mnemonic
MC BAFB
Methodology

Continuous Monitoring Blood Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 43 days
Positives as soon as detected

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation

Aseptic draw.

Collect

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
Remarks
Stability

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

Reference Interval

No growth

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

FDA

Note

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

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87116; CPT codes vary based on method.

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060060 Culture, Blood for Acid Fast Bacilli 533-0
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Aliases
  • AFB blood culture
  • Culture, Blood for AFB
Blood Culture, Acid-Fast Bacillus (AFB)