Specimen Requirements

Title

AFB

Specimen Requirement

Place specimen in a screw-capped, sterile container, and send refrigerated. Maintain sterility and forward promptly. Note: Specimen Source Is Required On Request Form For Processing.

Methodology

Stability

Room Temperature 24 hours; Refrigerated 7 Days

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

Negative results available in 42 days; Positive results require additional testing.

Clinical Use

Isolation and identification of mycobacteria, including M. tuberculosis.

Test Code

MAFB