TB Specimen (Mycobacterium)
Notify laboratory if results are required URGENTLY.Ph: 07 8398646 or 07 8398806 ext 98364**For blood or bone marrow TB testing, request special media from Microbiology lab on Ext 98646
Culture of urine is no longer considered necessary when investigating pulmonary TB, as it does not lead to an increase in the number of cases detected, or decrease time to detection.
Sample: sputum, bronchial washings, EMU, faeces, tissue, aspirate, CSF, fluid scope QC, blood and bone marrow **
Fluid / urine 50 ml, CSF 1ml, sputum 5 ml
Refrigerate if delivery delayed
Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1630
AFB microscopy 24 hrs (batched daily Monday – Friday) or urgently by request. Culture 2 - 8 weeks All positive microscopy and cultures are notified by phone/ HL7/Fax
AFB microscopy, culture: solid media and broth continuous monitoring system.
TB PCR (NAAT) is available on request, please refer: Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex DNA
It is important never to miss TB but tests should only be requested in patients where TB is a possible diagnosis or in the screening of risk patients.