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
Transport/Storage Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight
Turnaround Time 6-8 weeks
NotesSamples may be referred to the Mycobacteria Reference Unit, Public Health England, for further investigation.