Tuberclosis Culture

Tuberclosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberclosis. The bacteria usually attacks the lungs but may also give harm to the other parts of the body. Tuberclosis spreads through the air from the infected patient. Tuberclosis symptoms are coughing for more than 3-4 weeks, coughing up blood or mucus, chest pain with breathing or coughing, weight loss, fatique, fever, night sweats and chills. Mycobacterium tuberclosis has a remarkably slow growth rate compared to the other common bacterias. It doubles roughly once per day.
Interpretation: Although culture procedure can be done in liquid media, nowadays automated systems may give the result earlier if growth is early, but if there is no growth or there is slow growing species of the bacteria, the result takes 6 weeks for the final report. Another test used for tuberclosis infection diagnosis which is not affected by bacteria which are not related to tuberclosis infection is QuantiferoTB Gold Plus Test which stimulates heparinized whole blood cells by using ESAT-6 and CFP-10 proteins .
Sample: Sputum, gastric juice, abscess, broncoalveolar lavage, spinal fluid, urine Arm vein plasma taken into spesific QuantiferoTB Gold Plus Test.
Working day: Everyday
Result Time: 60 days, Quantiferon TB Gold Plus test, next day 6:00 PM