Acid Fast Bacilli Biochemicals, Complex
|Test Description||Identification of mycobacterial isolates referred to DSHS Laboratory by biochemical tests|
|Supplemental Information Required||N/A|
|Performed on Specimens from (sources)||Pure isolate from human sources|
|Sample/Specimen Type for Testing||Mycobacterium species pure isolate in liquid or on solid culture medium|
|Minimum Volume/Size Required||
Liquid culture - 2.0 mL
Solid culture - Single mature colony
|Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping||Ambient|
At least 2 patient specific identifiers: First and last name as one identifier and a DOB or a unique patient specific identifier (e.g. Medical records number).
Specimen identification must match specimen submission form.
|Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements||
Ship according to Dangerous Goods Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49
Category B shipping applies for unidentified isolates
Biochemical testing to detect the presence of absence of an enzyme
|Turn-around Time||14 days|
|Common Causes for Rejection||
Complex biochemical testing includes the most common biochemical panel and the less frequently used biochemical/physiological studies for the identification of Mycobacterium species.