Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis (TB) complex organism remains a major global and public health problem with tuberculosis being cited as the leading cause of death due to a single infectious agent.
Expectorated sputum: Instruct patient to gargle with water and
cough deeply. Three separate early morning collections on at least
three consecutive days are recommended.
Reported (Analytical Time)
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Reject Criteria: Specimen received in formalin and/or alcohol; 24 hour pooled sputum; samples with obvious food particles or other solid particulate; processed/concentrated sputum specimen from client Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), Continuous Monitoring Broth Culture System and Conventional Culture, Microscopic Exam with Fluorochrome Stain Transport Temperature: Refrigerated