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IDENTIFICATION/ CONFIRMATION OF M.TB

Synonym(s):

​TB Identification/Confirmation, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Complex Identification/Confirmation

Lab Section Category

Description

Indications

Specimen Required

​For referred cultured isolate from other laboratories:  Fresh pure culture of isolate on slant in a sealed, screw-capped plastic tube.

Storage and Transport

​Please contact CTBL (6576 7655/7656) before sending the isolate. 

The tube should be tightly closed, labeled with identifying lab number and placed in a biohazard-labelled ziplock bag. Pack, transport and notify CTBL (in advance) and MOH of the transfer, according to MOH-BATA requirements.
The request form (stating name and address of referring laboratory, source of mycobacterial isolate, patient particulars with relevant clinical information, clinician in-charge and requester's contact number) is to be placed in separate sealed plastic bag outside the ziplock bag. The type of test should be specified as Identification/Confirmation of MTB.

For overseas labs, the packaging must conform to IATA standards and a valid MOH-approved Import Permit must be obtained before shipping.

Method

​DNA probe or line-probe assays

Test Results

M. tuberculosis complex or nontuberculous mycobacteria

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​3-4 working days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Monday - Friday

Remarks

Change History Notes

  • 16 Oct 2015 06:15 PM

    Amend CTBL tel no. from 6222 1391 to 6576 7655/7656

  • 29 Apr 2016 05:35 PM

    Amend Turnaround time into 3-4 working days.

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