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Mycobacterium, Blood Culture (10526)


Continous Monitoring Blood Culture System


AFB; Acid Fast Bacili; Mycobacteria; Mycobacterial. MTB; TB

Specimen Type

Whole Blood or Bone Marrow

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

50-51 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

1-5 mL Whole Blood or Bone Marrow collected in a BACTEC Myco F/Lytic aerobic blood bottle

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unaccpetable

Rejection Criteria

Specimens in EDTA (lavender-top) tube; Specimens in Heparin (green-top) tube; Specimens in citrate; ACD; or SPS (yellow-top) tube; Bactec plus anaerobic/f (silver lavel w/gray to; Bactec lytic/10 anaerobic/f (purple label and cap); Bactec peds bottle

Test Volume Required

5 mL Whole Blood or Bone Marrow

Minimum Test Volume

1 mL Whole Blood or Bone Marrow

Processing Instructions

Indicate source in comments, on specimen and batch sheet.

CPT Codes