Supplemental Information or Form
Form LAB 402 (10/11) or LAB 402 (5/03)
Performed on Specimens From
public health laboratories with prior approval.
Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
tissue or body fluid
Minimum Volume Required
mL recommended, one mL minimum
Storage & Preservation of Sample/Specimen Prior to Shipping
Patient’s name, accession number
Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements
Ship as diagnostic specimen.
and decontamination, inoculation into MGIT broths and onto solid media,
acid-fast microscopy using fluorescent auramine-rhodamine stain.
to 7 weeks for negative cultures, approx. 3 weeks if positive for M.
tuberculosis (TB) complex and mycobacteria other than M. tuberculosis
Interferences & Limitations
overgrowth of bacterial and/or fungal contaminants in positive cultures can
prevent the isolation and identification of the acid-fast bacilli seen in
M. tuberculosis complex is isolated from a new patient, drug
susceptibility testing will be performed using culture or molecular
MDL Points of Contact
Mycobacterial Diseases Section
(510) 412-3924 or (510) 412-3781
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com