AFB CULTURE (DIRECT SMEAR) **

Synonyms:

TB CULTURE TUBERCULOSIS

LIS Mnemonic: AFBCUL
Department: MICROBIOLOGY
Container: * Refer to "Specimen Collection and Transport", Specimen Collection Requirements/Notes, Microbiology section for details.
Transport: * Refer to "Specimen Collection and Transport", Specimen Collection Requirements/Notes, Microbiology section for details.
CPT-4: 87206
Comments: Methodology: Kinyoun "Cold" Acid Fast Bacilli Stain. ** Direct acid fast smears are performed at Saratoga Hospital laboratory. Specimen is sent to a reference laboratory for concentrated smear and culture with reflex to identification & susceptibility testing. * Refer to "Specimen Collection and Transport", Specimen Collection Requirements/Notes, Microbiology section for details.

CPT Codes: The CPT codes included in this publication are in accordance with Current Procedural Terminology, a publication of the American Medical Association. CPT codes are provided here for the convenience of our clients; however, correct coding often varies from one carrier to another, and Saratoga Hospital may bill specific carriers using codes other than those shown. Clients who bill for services should verify the code(s) with the applicable payor to confirm that their use is appropriate in each case.