Test Name: MYCOBACTERIA CX BLD
EPIC Search Term: LABAFBO
Synonyms: AFB CULTURE ONLY AFBO MYCOBACTERIA CULTURE ONLY ACID FAST CULTURE ONLY
Panel Composition: Acid fast bacteria (Mycobacteria) culture of Blood and/or Bone marrow
Cultures positive for acid fast bacteria are referred to ARUP Laboratory for identification and susceptibility testing when applicable.

Preferred Container: 1 x 1.5 mL Pedi Isolator Tube
Alternate Container: 1 x 10 mL Isolator10 tube
Sample Type: Blood or Bone marrow
Draw Volume: 1.5 mL in Pedi Isolator tube OR
10 mL in Isolator10 tube
Specimen Information: Isolator tubes may be obtained from the Microbiology Setup area.
Specimen Transport: Deliver sample to lab immediately.
Testing Frequency: Blood and Bone marrow inoculated daily, 0700-1530
Cultures read M-F. Negative reports sent weekly on Tuesday.
Expected Turn Around Time: Negative cultures - 42-49 days.
Reference Ranges: No Acid Fast Bacilli Isolated.
Test Performed By: Texas Children's Hospital Pathology Services

Available at TCH Main Campus: 832-824-5152
6621 Fannin, MC 1-2261
Houston, TX 77030-2399
Lab Section: Microbiology