Culture- Acid Fast
CMH Lab Section
Sputum, urine or gastric. Collect one first morning sample per day.Obtain gastric collection container from lab
Turn Around Time
Acid fast smear - 24 hrsCulture - 6 wks
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.
Specimens will be sent to St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo for AFB smear and culture.
Normal: No AFB isolated.