Mycobacterial culture is a test to look for the bacteria that cause
Culture – mycobacterial
How the Test is Performed
A sample of body fluid or tissue is needed. This sample may be taken from the lungs, liver, or bone marrow.
Most often, a
The sample is sent to a laboratory. There it is placed in a special dish (culture). It is then watched to see if the bacteria grow.
How to Prepare for the Test
Preparation depends on how the test is done. Follow your health care provider’s instructions.
How the Test will Feel
How the test will feel depends on the specific procedure. Your health care provider can discuss this with you before the test.
Why the Test is Performed
Your doctor may order this test if you have signs of tuberculosis or a related infection.
If there is no disease present, there will be no growth of bacteria in the culture medium.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Mycobacterium tuberculosis or similar bacteria is present in the culture.
Risks depend on the specific biopsy or aspiration being performed.