Specimen: Blood/Bone Marrow: Collect 8 mL (5 mL min.) Blood/Bone marrow in Myco F / Lytic bottle available from Medilab. Mix by gentle inversion 8–10 times. Ship at 18–22°C. CSF: Collect 2 mL (1 mL min.) CSF in a Red Top (No Additive) tube or sterile screw capped container. Do not use SST gel barrier tubes. Ship refrigerated. Pus/Body fluids (Pleural/ Pericardial /Ascitic/Synovial/Ocular) Aspirates/ Semen /BAL / Bronchial washings: Submit as much as possible (1 mL min.) in sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Endometrial curettings/Tissue: Submit in sterile normal saline in a sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Swabs: Submit swabs in 1 mL sterile normal saline in sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Sputum/Urine: Submit 2 Spot (random) morning samples, 5–10 mL (1 mL min.) sputum / 10 mL (5 mL min.) urine in sterile screw capped container. Do not pool the samples. Ship refrigerated. Gastric Lavage: Submit 5–10 mL (2 mL min.) gastric lavage in a sterile screw capped container. Ship refrigerated. Overnight fasting is mandatory.
Stability (Room): 2 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 48 hrs
Stability (Frozen): N/A
Method: Rapid Automated Fluorescent AFB Culture and Automated AFB Identification by PNB test
Comment: For AFB Antitubercular Sensitivity, use appropriate test code. Request as additional tests.
Price: Contact Medialb
Turnaround time (TAT): 5 – 15 days
Usage: Rapid automated culture allows the early recovery of Mycobacteria within 7 days as compared to conventional culture which takes 4-6 weeks. Identification of Mycobacteria helps in proper selection of Anti-tubercular drugs.
Components: Does not include ANTI-TUBERCULAR DRUG SENSITIVITY
Home Collection: Available
Pre-test Information: Overnight fasting is mandatory for Gastric Lavage specimens.