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Urine, AFB Culture
Soft Order Code:
AFB Culture, Urine Culture, Urine, AFB
Mycobacteria Culture, Urine TB Culture, Urine
Sterile tube or container
Normal Volume:
50 mL urine. Low volume specimens will be held up to 7 days and pooled with subsequent specimens until minimum volume is met.
Minimum Volume:
50 mL urine or entire voided volume. Low volume specimens will be held up to 7 days and pooled with subsequent specimens until minimum volume is met.
Offsite Collection:
Collect clean catch midstream first morning voided urine (preferred) or random urine (accepted). For optimum recovery, send immediately. If specimen must be stored, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy, and clinical diagnosis. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the specimen.
Onsite Collection (UMHS Hospitals Only):
Please contact the laboratory at 936-6877 for smear only or culture only requests. Usual preparation for clean catch midstream urine specimen collection. Collect first morning voided urine (preferred; random urine accepted). Low volume specimens will be held up to 7 days and pooled with subsequent specimens until minimum volume is met. Indicate current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis. For optimum recovery, send directly to the Microbiology Laboratory.
Days Set Up:
Sunday - Friday
Analytic Time:
Preliminary results are reported in 12-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of positive cultures. Negative cultures are reported after 6 weeks.
Reference Range:
*Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
No growth of mycobacteria
Test Usage:
Isolate and identify mycobacteria
Test Methodology:
BacT/Alert, Culture
Additional Information:
Test includes: culture, acid-fast smear and concentration of specimen. Antibiotic susceptibility testing is performed on potentially pathogenic organisms isolated. Susceptibilities are performed on the first organism isolated from a patient and at 2-6 month intervals if that organism continues to be isolated while the patient is on therapy. Organism ID and M. tuberculosis susceptibility testing is sent to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH); although there is no charge for testing, MLabs charges a handling fee for processing and forwarding specimens to MDCH. Non-tuberculosis mycobacteria susceptibility testing is sent to National Jewish Laboratories, rapidly growing mycobacteria susceptibilities are performed in-house, upon request (a subculture of the isolate is kept by the Microbiology Laboratory for 1 year ). By ordering this test the clinician acknowledges that additional reflex testing will be performed and billed at a separate additional charge if indicated.
CPT Code:
87116 Culture, 87206 Smear
Inpatient Fee Code:
Outpatient Fee Code:
MLabs Fee Code:
Specimen Retention:
2 weeks
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