|AFB Culture, Respiratory||
Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
Acid Fast Bacillus Culture, Acid Fast Bacillus Stain, specimen digestion / decontamination.
Sputum, first morning, Tracheal aspirate, Bronchoscopy aspirate, BAL
|Container Type||Container Size||Specimen Volume|
Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)
- Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
Reasons for Rejection
- 24 hour sputum samples
- Specimen collected on swab.
- Not received within specified time frame
When TB is highly suspected, respiratory specimen AFB smear may be ordered STAT and will be performed within 24 hours. AFB smear not routinely performed on gastric aspirate.