Imperial Collage Healthcare

TB and mycobacterial culture


Sample Required
• Respiratory samples (sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchial washing, tracheal aspirate)• Tissue samples and biopsies including lymph node• Aspirates including fine needle aspirate and gastric washings• Fluids (pleural, ascetic, pericardial, etc.)• Pus samples• Early morning urine (EMU) samples


Sample Container
Sterile universal container


Sample Collection

  • Three consecutive EMU samples are required for culture. Minimum volume for each sample is approx. 100 mL.
  • Blood and bone marrow samples are collected using specific TB culture bottles obtained from Pathology Reception.


Transport/Storage
Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight


Turnaround Time
6-8 weeks


Notes
Samples may be referred to the Mycobacteria Reference Unit, Public Health England, for further investigation.

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