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Test Name

Mycobacteria, Culture, with Fluorochrome Smear

CPT Code(s)

87015, 87116, 87206

Includes

Mycobacteria Culture; Concentration; Acid-Fast Bacilli Stain

An additional charge for Concentration (CPT code(s): 87015) will be added as appropriate.

Identification will be performed at an additional charge for each organism
CPT code(s) 87149: M. tuberculosis Complex Probe or
CPT code(s) 87149: M. avium Complex Probe or
CPT code(s) 87149: M. kansasii Probe or
CPT code(s) 87149: M. gordonae Probe

If the organism cannot be identified by the original method additional bill only charges may be added
CPT code(s) 87118: Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight (1, 2 & 3) or
CPT code(s) 87153: AFB Sequencing (1, 2 & 3)

If TB is isolated for the first time or after three months after the first isolate from a patient, susceptibilities will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87190 per drug.

Methodology

Continuous Monitoring Broth Culture System & Conventional Culture • Microscopic Exam with Fluorochrome Stain

Reference Range(s)

See Laboratory Report

Clinical Significance

There are more than 70 species of mycobacteria of which the primary pathogen is M. tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a chronic, granulomatous disease caused by M. tuberculosis. Identification, and, if appropriate, antibiotic sensitivity, is required to initiate necessary therapy.

Alternative Name(s)

Mycobacteria Culture with Flurochrome Smear,Acid Fast Bacilli,AFB (Acid Fast Bacilli)

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Reference ranges are provided as general guidance only. To interpret test results use the reference range in the laboratory report.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

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Mycobacteria, Culture, with Fluorochrome Smear
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