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Sputum culture and microscopy

Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
RMC
Specimen types:
Sputum
Container types:
Sterile JarSterile Jar
Collection Instructions:
2-8 deg required if transport delayed > 30 mins
Notes:

TB culture must be specifically requested

Three consecutive early morning specimens are required for TB

Sputum should be expectorated into a specimen container

Saliva is unsuitable.

The transit of specimen from Angliss or Maroondah lab and out of working hour collection may cause the prolonged turnaround time

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
2-3 days