All specimens must be submitted in propertly labeled sterile 50 ml conical tubes provided with WPHL's TB mailer. Carefully follow packing instructions provided with mailer to prevent leakage during transit.
Respiratory Specimens - Sputums and Bronchial Washings. Sputums should be collected in the early mornings on 3 consecutuve days. Volume collected should be approximately 5 - 10 mls. We prefer to have respiratory specimens shipped daily, but it is acceptable to ship the three collections together.
Urine - An early morning clean catch or catherized specimen is acceptable. Specimen volume should be at least 10 mls and must be received by WPHL within 24 hours of collection.
Cerebral Spinal Fluid - Spinal fluid may be submitted in a CSF collection tube. The collection tube can be placed inside the sterile 50 ml conical tube for shipment if it will fit inside securely.
Body Fluids - Pleural, pericardial, synovial, ascitic fluid should be aseptically collected and submitted in a sterile 50 ml conical tube.
Tissues - Tissues suspected of containing mycobacterium should be collected aseptically and placed in a sterile container and protected from dehydration by adding sterile physiological saline solution.
Specimens not accepted for TB testing - Specimens not accepted for testing are swabs, blood, and stool.