DNA Probe

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Brief Description

The  Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) probe procedure is used to identify the mycobacteria species of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and M. avium complex. The probe is used as an additional test when there is not a clear ID off the High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) mycolic acid analysis.

Laboratory Unit

Tuberculosis

Methodology

Gen-Probe AccuProbe

Specimen Collection

N/A

Storage/Transport

N/A

Acceptable Specimen
Type(s)

DNA Probes are used on positive Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) cultures to identify M. tuberculosis complex, M. avium complex or to rule out M. tuberculosis complex.
DNA Probes are NOT used on clinical specimens.

Test Request Form(s)

Tuberculosis Test Request Form

Possible Results

M. tuberculosis complex
M. avium complex

Reference Range

Positive
Negative

Unacceptable Conditions

N/A

Interfering Substances

N/A

Result Reported

Clinical specimens may take up to 6 weeks before a final report is released. 
Reference isolates submitted for identification purposes only may take up to 2 weeks before a final report is released.

Fees

N/A

CPT Codes

N/A

LOINC/SNOMED Codes

N/A

Additional Information

N/A