Item Value
Test name AFB Respiratory Culture
Available Stat? No
Turn around times Up to 7 weeks
In House Availability Daily, day shift
Performed by Microbiology
Normal range No AFB isolated
Container type Urine cup or sterilecontainer
Amount to Collect
Sputum 5 mL
BAL or Bronchial wash 10 mL
Collection Instructions Sputum: Collect 3 separate sputum samples in 8-12 hour intervals, including at least one early morning sample.

Sputum samples collected < 8 hours apart are pooled & tested as a single specimen.
Sample type Sputum, BAL, bronchial wash

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667