Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex Speciation
Ordering Recommendation
Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
2-9 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Actively growing M. tuberculosis complex in pure culture.  
Specimen Preparation
Transport sealed container with pure culture on agar slant. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.

Submit specimen according to Infectious Substance, Category A, shipping guidelines.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Mixed cultures or non-viable organisms. Agar plate.  
Ambient: 1 month; Refrigerated: 1 month; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
By report  
Interpretive Data
This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Compliance Statement B: This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.
A handling fee will be billed for all organisms submitted that are not in a pure culture as requested in the specimen requirements. Speciation will be performed on all M. tuberculosis complex isolates which were isolated at ARUP and isolates submitted by clients for identification. Speciation will not be performed on M. tuberculosis complex isolates submitted for susceptibility testing only. Speciation of M. tuberculosis complex will be performed on the first identified isolate but not on subsequent isolates within 90 days of collection.
CPT Code(s)
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060771M tuberculosis Complex Speciation 
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