Tissue and biopsy samples

Microbiology

Notes

Glass ballotini beads used to break up tissue sampes

Sample requirements

Place excised material in a dry, sterile leak proof container

e.g. 60 mL widemouth container

 

DO NOT ADD FORMALIN

60 mL wide-mouthed sterile container

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Travel history (if relevant)
  • Recent, current and intended antibiotics

Storage/transport

Transport immediately to the laboratory. 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