Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Name
Culture- Acid Fast

CMH Lab Section
Microbiology

Specimen Requirements
Sputum, urine or gastric. Collect one first morning sample per day.Obtain gastric collection container from lab

Availability
Routine

Turn Around Time
Acid fast smear - 24 hrsCulture - 6 wks

Special Instructions
Tissue transport immediately or cover with nonbacteriostatic saline.Blood/bone marrow-use Wampole isolator tube. Swabs are not optimal for the recovery of acid fast organisms.

Ranges
Specimens will be sent to St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo for AFB smear and culture.                     

Normal: No AFB isolated.


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