|Alternate:||Bone Marrow TB Culture; Mycobacteria Culture of Bone Marrow; Bone Marrow MAI|
|Includes:||Culture and acid fast stain, Susceptibility by special request.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Preliminary report at 1 week. Negative cultures are finalized at 6 weeks, positives as identified.|
|Specimen:||Bone marrow aspirate|
|Container:||Heparinized syringe or yellow stopper isolator tube|
|Temperature:||Room temperature, transport to lab within 30 minutes|
|Rejection:||Not received at proper temperature or within specimen time frame.|
|Normal:||No acid fast organisms seen on smear, No acid fast growth at 6 weeks|
|Uses:||Identify microorganisms that may cause infection.|
|Limitations:||Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth A negative culture does not necessarily rule out infection.|
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