Test for TB – MIC1
mycobacteria isolated in CTBL or in other laboratories
pure culture of M. tuberculosis isolate on slant in sealed screw-capped plastic
tube. Tube should be tightly closed, labelled 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.
Regional laboratories must make arrangements with the lab for the MOH-Import
Permit before sending specimens and packaging must conform to international
standards (IATA). The request form should state the name and address of
referring laboratory, organism identification, clinical source, patient
particulars with relevant clinical information, clinician in-charge and
requester's contact number.
The type of test request should be specified as TB Culture for
Susceptibility Testing. Forms are to be placed in a separate sealed plastic
bag in the outer package.
MICs will be reported for all drugs
Either CLSI-based interpretation provided for indicated drugs*:
Susceptible, Inconclusive or Resistant
8 weeks. Affected by slow-growing isolates and mixed cultures.
For referred M. tuberculosis complex isolates from other laboratories, please contact CTBL before sending isolate.
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