Tuberculosis (Sputum)


Test Information

Test Name

Tuberculosis (Sputum)

Synonyms

Mycobacteria, Acid Fast Bacilli, Short Term AFB, TB, AAFB; Mycobacteria culture; TB sputum

Preferred Specimen

Sputum

Testing Location

Referral


Collection Information

Patient Instructions

Preparation

  • Each specimen is to be collected on different morning
  • Sputum is coughed from lungs into container provided on awakening; not saliva from mouth

Processing Information

Registration Code

TBS


Methodology

Contact Information

laura.yau@pathlab.co.nz

External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Send Away Transport

Refrigerate if delivery delayed

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