Mycobacterial culture of suspected non-pulmonary site of pathology

Alternative names
Culture - mycobacterial of suspected non-pulmonary site of pathology

Definition
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:

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.

Why the test is performed
The test is performed to detect Tuberculosis or similar infection, or when spread of Tuberculosis or similar infection from the lungs to other tissues is suspected.

Normal Values
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.

Special considerations
Not applicable.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 5, 2012
by David A. Scott, M.D.

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