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ID:630 Tissue samples for bacterial culture
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DescriptionBiopsy and other tissue specimens may be collected for anaerobic and aerobic bacterial culture, fungal investigations may also be indicated. Patient history and the site from which the specimen was collected are essential details required on the request form. Where Acid and Alcohol fast bacilli (AAFB) are suspected, this should be explicitly mentioned/requested on the request form. AAFB will not normally be investigated unless specifically requested.
Indication Investigation of deep seated infections
Additional Info If an urgent gram stain is required please contact the laboratory. Gram stain is not routinely performed on non-sterile tissue, diabetic feet or prosthetic joint samples. Gram stain will be available within 24 hours or sooner if requested as urgent. Do not send whole amputated tissue. Suspected infected portion should be sent.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

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Collection ConditionsObtain the tissue sample under sterile conditions. To prevent dessication add some drops of sterile N/Saline. Send to Microbiology without delay. For optimum results, samples of tissue should reach Microbiology within 2 hours of collection. Larger pieces of tissue may maintain viability of organisms longer. If delayed transport refrigerate sample. Delays over 48 hours are undesirable
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Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT10 days
IP Routine TAT10 days
GP Acute TAT- Not Defined -
GP Routine TAT10 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time. TAT may be longer if extended culture for fungi or other fastidious pathogens is required. Gram stain if applicable will be available within 24 hours or sooner if requested as urgent.

Originally edited by : Dr M Denton. Review due on 01/12/2018 13:11:57. Published By K Roberts on 01/12/2017 13:11:57.