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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.

TubeAAFB Bottle
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Collection ConditionsAseptic venipuncture technique. If specific bottles are not available on ward at time of collection, blood or bone marrow can be collected into a lithium heparin tube and transferred to the laboratory. Do not collect into EDTA containing tubes.
Min. Vol10 - 20 mL
Freq.up to 3 sample on 3 consecutive days

Ref. Range (Male)
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Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT60 days
IP Routine TAT60 days
GP Acute TAT60 days
GP Routine TAT60 days
Turnround CommentNA

Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster. Review due on 07/07/2018 10:44:08. Published By K Roberts on 07/07/2017 10:44:08.