AFB Culture w/ Smear  

 
IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to NPHL@unmc.edu or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459 for further clarification.

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Test: AFB Culture w/ Smear  
Synonym: AFB Culture, TB Culture w/ smear, AFBCU, Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture  
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  • For shipping isolates, see Category A instructions
  • For shipping patient specimen, see Category B instructions
  • https://www.nphl.org/index.cfm/specimen-packaging-shipping/
  • Seal tubes with ParafilmTM or tape and place in biohazard bag with absorbent material.
  • NUlirt packing list or appropiate paperwork (completed in entirety) must accompany specimens.

 
 

 
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Comments: Test performed at Nebraska Medicine  
Revised: 2/26/2024 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.

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