Organism Identification, AFB

Test Mnemonic


CPT Codes

  • 87116 - QTY (1)
  • 87118 - QTY (1)


  • AFB ID

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
UnspecifiedIsolate of organismAgar slant Ambient 


Environmental Condition Description
Ambient2 weeks
Refrigerated1 month

Days Performed

Mon - Fri

Turnaround Time

16 weeks

Reference Range

Special Info

Indicate on test order: Original date of collection, specimen site, any pertinent preliminary identification information and telephone number including extension where report may be called if necessary. Contraindications: Lack of viability, culture mixed or contaminated. Multiple identification procedures may be required, with the following CPT codes billed as applicable: MALDI-TOF 87118, DNA Probe 87149, and Sequencing 87153. Antimicrobial susceptibilities are performed upon request. A separate order must be placed for this utilizing the test code, AFB Susceptibility (AFBSUS).

Clinical Info

Identification of Mycobacterial species