AFB Blood Culture

Method Name

Reference Laboratory


AFB Blood Culture; Blood Culture For AFB, Micro Culture Request AFB

Specimen Required

Blood or bone marrow in a Yellow Top SPS Sterile Tube (available from the Laboratory)

Specimen Minimum Volume

5 mL of blood

Specimen Stability Information

Transport at room temperature, must be received within 24 hours of collection. *NOTE* Specimens that do not meet the above criteria will be rejected.

Special Instructions

Disinfect site as for routine blood culture. Mix tube contents immediately after collection. Specimens must be labeled with complete source and body site information. AFB Cultures are held for 8 weeks of incubation.

Performing Laboratory

As ordered. Turn around time is 8 weeks.