Culture, Acid Fast (Blood)

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Acid Fast (Blood) Culture;
AFB Culture (comment: source is blood);
Mycobacterium Culture (comment: Source Blood);

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
8-10 mL Blood in Isolator Tube (minimum 8 mL)

Transport Container
Isolator Tube

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 16 hours
Refrigerated = n/a
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Frozen specimen


Setup Schedule

Report Available
7 Weeks

Clinical Significance
Isolation and identification of mycobacteria is important for the management and treatment of tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases.

Performing Laboratory
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: December 7, 2021

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.