CULTURE, AFB/TB (Includes stain/smear)
Place specimen in a screw-capped, sterile container, and send refrigerated. Maintain sterility and forward promptly. Note: Specimen Source Is Required On Request Form For Processing.
Room Temperature 24 hours; Refrigerated 7 days
Negative results available in 42 days; Positive results require additional testing.
Isolation and identification of mycobacteria, including M. tuberculosis.