Mycobacteria, Blood Culture  [10526X]

Test Code

CPT Codes

This test does not include a primary smear.
If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87076 and/or 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149).
Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

Preferred Specimen
5 mL whole blood collected in a BACTEC™ Myco/F Lytic aerobic blood bottle

Minimum Volume
1 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Bone marrow collected in a BACTEC™ Myco/F Lytic aerobic blood bottle

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: Unacceptable
Frozen: Unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
EDTA (lavender top) tube • Heparin (green-top) tube • Citrate, ACD or SPS (yellow-top) tubes • Bactec® plus aerobic/f (silver label with gray-top) bottles • Bactec® lytic/10 anaerobic/f (purple label and cap) bottles • Bactec® peds bottle

Continuous Monitoring Blood Culture System

Setup Schedule
Set up: Daily; Report available: 6-8 weeks

Reference Range
See Laboratory Report

Clinical Significance
There are more than 70 species of mycobacteria of which the primary pathogen is M. tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a chronic, granulomatous disease caused by M. tuberculosis. Identification, and, if appropriate, antibiotic sensitivity, is required to initiate necessary therapy.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.