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ID:588 Alcohol and acid fast bacilli (AAFB) culture - TB blood culture
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DescriptionPatients with miliary tuberculosis or immunocompromised patients who could have disseminated atypical mycobacterial infections with e.g. Mycobacterium avium complex will benefit from a mycobacterial blood culture. Investigation is by automated culture. Further identification and susceptibility testing are provided following referral to Birmingham PHL laboratory (currently the referral lab is not accredited for this test)
Indication Diagnosis of disseminated tuberculosis. Suitable for blood samples or bone marrow.
Additional Info Specialist blood culture bottles are available from our laboratory on request. Telephone ext 23926
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

Interpretation Initial culture results will be reported as AAFB isolated with confirmation of final identification and sensitivities reported later.

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IP Acute TAT60 days
IP Routine TAT60 days
GP Acute TAT60 days
GP Routine TAT60 days
Turnround CommentNA
Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster. Last edited on 07/07/2018 10:44:08. Published By K Roberts on 07/07/2017 10:44:08.