TB for Fluid

TB Culture (Fluid)

Test Name:   TB Culture (Fluid)
Alternate Name (s):    
Laboratory Module:   Microbiology
Ordering Mnemonic:   TB F

Once the specimen has been selected as TB for a fluid sample, using the source dictionary a more definite source of the fluid may be entered. For instance:

THOF- Thoracentesis (Respiratory Fluid)

PLEF- Pleural Fluid (Respiratory Fluid)

Use the free text comment section  to define the exact location of where the specimen was obtained from for a more accurate processing of the specimen.


Specimen Type:   

A fluid specimen may be from any area of the body in which there is a concentration of fluid, that is of concern to the health care physician.

Collection Container:   Sterile Container
Container Information
Sterile Container
Collection Information:   At least 5 mls should be collected for testing.
Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:   Routine

Preliminary: 1 to 9 weeks

Final: 1 to 9 weeks

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 1 to 9 weeks

Final: 1 to 9 weeks

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:   As TB is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.
Lab Process Notes :    
Storage & Transport:   Transport the fluid to the laboratory as soon as possible. Viability may decrease with prolonged storage. The specimen should then be refrigerated.
Test Referred to :    Public Health Laboratories, Hamilton


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