Mycobacterial culture of suspected non-pulmonary site of pathology
Mycobacterial culture of suspected non-pulmonary site of pathology is a test for the presence of Tuberculosis or similar infection in a site other than the lungs.
How the test is performed
A biopsy or aspiration of tissue or fluid is placed in appropriate culture media to detect the growth of Tuberculosis or similar bacteria.
How to prepare for the test
The preparation depends upon the suspected site of infection.
Infants and children:
The preparation you can provide for this test depends on your child’s age, previous experiences, and level of trust. For general information regarding how you can prepare your child, see the following topics:
- Infant test or procedure preparation (birth to 1 year)
- Toddler test or procedure preparation (1 to 3 years)
- Preschooler test or procedure preparation (3 to 6 years)
- School age test or procedure preparation (6 to 12 years)
- Adolescent test or procedure preparation (12 to 18 years)
How the test will feel
How the test will feel depends upon the type of fluid or tissue needed for the test. A biopsy or aspiration will be performed.
No growth is normal.
What abnormal results mean
Mycobacterium Tuberculosis or similar bacteria is present in the culture.
What the risks are
The risks may include infection, bleeding, or perforation.
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.
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