Acid Fast (Mycobacteria) Smear and Culture with Reflex to Identification and Susceptibility Testing

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Acid Fast (Mycobacteria) Smear and Culture with Reflex to Identification and Susceptibility Testing

Acronyms:

Blood Mycobacteria Culture, Culture Acid Fast, Mycobacteria culture

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Collection and handling:

Sputum collected in a sterile container -recommend three sputum specimens collected 24 hours apart preferrably first morning collections. Other acceptable specimens include: 5 mL CSF, 5 mL body fluid, biopsy, respiratory or bronchial in sterile containers, whole blood (green top sodium heparin),

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Stability: Specimens must be delivered to laboratory within one hour of collection or refrigerated during storage and transport

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