Mycobacterial culture and sensitivity: blood and bone marrow


Mycobacterial Blood and Bone Marrow Culture



Clinical indications

Mycobacterial infection

Specimen requirement

Lithium heparin vacutainer (sterile). Phone Microbiology to request for container to be sent/collected

Dispatch and handling instructions

The Microbiology Department is unable to process blood or bone marrow samples for Mycobacterial culture on site. A minimum volume of 2ml is required collected into lithium heparin vacutainer. Samples should be sent to Microbiology at GOSH as soon as possible before being referred to the Mycobacterial Reference Laboratory for culture

Turnaround time

23 weeks


Not applicable

Is it IS0 15189 accredited?