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Test Compendium


Test Code

  • 4058

Test Synonym

  • Culture, Acid Fast w/Stain, AFB CULTURE,Mycobacteria Culture and Smear

Specimen Requirements

  • Sputum


  • Sterile Container, Green Top Tube, Isolator Tubes


  • Refrigerated

Turn Around Time

  • 60 days

CPT Codes

  • 87116,87206
    *The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the responsibility of the billing entity. Please direct any questions regarding the CPT coding to the payer being billed.

Special Instructions

  • 5 mL sputum or respiratory aspirate, 10 mL whole blood, 2 cm(3) tissue, 5 mL CSF, 5 cc bone marrow (or as much as possible), 50 mL body fluid (e.g., gastric aspirate/lavage, urine, pleural, pericardial, chronic peritoneal dialysate), 10 mL stool, biopsy of . Sterile container with tight screw-cap seal or green-top (sodium heparin) tube or Isolator

Additional Information

  • Sterile container(1) with tight screw-cap seal, green-top (sodium heparin) or Isolator (TM) for bone marrow; sterile container or a securely sealed slide holder for pre-inoculated microscope slide (bronchial brush ONLY). Sputum, bronchial washing/lavage, tissue, body fluid, stool, skin, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, bone marrow, microscope slide prepared during specimen collection procedures for bronchial brushes only.