MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS COMPLEX, PCR, Respiratory

Specimen Required
Specimen source required. Send 7.0 mL sputum (2.0 mL minimum) refrigerated in a IATA-approved sterile screw-capped plastic container. Collect first morning specimen.

Alternate Specimen
Bronchial lavage/wash, tracheal lavage/wash, or pleural fluid

Methodology
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Stability
Room temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range
By report

Performed
Sunday-Saturday

Turnaround Time3-5 days
Test CodeMTBR
CPT-4 Code (s)
87556
LOINC Codes
Specimen source:   31208-2  
MTB Complex, PCR, Resp:   38379-4  

Warde
Medical
Laboratory