Acid Fast Blood Culture : 1000047

Test Code
AFBLC or 1000047

Alias/See Also
Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB); AFB (Acid-Fast Bacilli); Bacillus, Acid-Fast; Culture, TB (Tuberculosis); MTB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis); Mycobacteria Culture; Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB); TB (Tuberculosis); TB (Tuberculosis) Culture; Tubercle Bacilli: Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Tuberculosis (TB)

CPT Codes
87116, 87015

Culture and Concentration
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).

Peripheral or line-drawn blood (3-5 mL):
1. Prepare draw site using protocols for your institution.
2. Draw sample into syringe and transfer to Isolator tube after disinfecting the rubber stopper with an alcohol wipe.

Pediatric collection should use Pediatric Isolator Tube.

Transport Container
See specimen collection information.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Transport as quickly as possible.

Continuous Monitoring System; Culture for mycobacteria

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
6 weeks

Reference Range
No Acid Fast Bacillus isolated

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

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.