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M. tuberculosis Complex/Rifampin PCR

Important Note

Only available as part of the MTBC/Rifampin PCR + AFB Culture order set

Biohazard Infectious

Specimen Collection Information

Specimen Minimum Test Volume Container Special Handling
Sput Induced 3.0 ML  
Sputum 3.0 ML  

Specimen Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Eswab: 48 hours, Sterile cup: 72hours

Additional Specimen Instructions

Expectorated and/or induced sputa samples are the only acceptable specimens for this assay, absolute MINIMUM volume is 2mL (more is preferred).

This test is offered during the day shift 7 days a week. Specimens received after 12pm will be run the following day.

This order will always have an AFB culture ordered.
Infectious disease approval required prior to testing.
Testing can be performed on direct sputum sediment (performed in lab)

When pulmonary Tuberculosis is suspected AIRBORNE PRECAUTIONS ARE REQUIRED.

Reference Ranges / Critical Values

Assay Gender Age Range Normal Range Critical Values Units
MTBC PCR All 0 Minutes – 150 Years Not Detected    
Rifampin PCR All 0 Minutes – 150 Years Not Detected    

Performing Lab Section



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