Bone and soft tissue for osteomyelitis



Bone fragments prior to processing

  • Patients should be antibiotic-free for at least 7 days before a biopsy is performed
  • Contact the laboratory before sending and inform us if urgent or routine
  • Please indicate the patient location (ward) on the request form
  • If unusual pathogens are suspected (e.g. Leishmania, Mycobacteria, fungi), please specify on the request form
  • Please send separate samples if histology is required
  • See also:

Sample requirements

Place excised material in a dry, sterile leak proof container

e.g. 60 mL widemouth container



60 mL wide-mouthed sterile container

Required information

  • Length of illness
  • Any recent relevant surgery
  • Presence of metalwork
  • Diabetes and any other co-morbidities
  • Recent, current and intended antibiotics


Transport to the laboratory immediately. Refrigerate samples if transport is delayed.

Turnaround time

Microscopy results available on day of receipt

A preliminary report is issued after 2 - 4 days. All cultures undergo an extended 5 day incubation for anaerobes.

Final culture results: 5 – 7 days

Tests for unusual pathogens will take longer

Page last reviewed: 28/01/2014