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Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare DNA, Qualitative, RT-PCR (16064)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)


Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC); MAI DNA, Qual, RT-PCR; M. Avium; AFB; Acid Fast Bacili; Mycobacteria; Mycobacterial; MTB; TB

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days

Tuesday and Friday

Standard TAT

3-5 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

1-2 mL Sputum, Pleural fluid or Bronchial lavage/wash (BAL)

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Whole blood collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube is acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 5 Days; Frozen: 30 Days

Rejection Criteria

Specimens containing heparin

Test Volume Required

2 mL

Minimum Test Volume

1 mL

Processing Instructions

Indicate source in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet.

Included Tests

M. avium DNA and M. intracellulare DNA.

CPT Codes

87561 (x2)