Recovery of mycobacteria from blood in mycobacteria growth indicator tube and Lowenstein-Jensen slant after lysis-centrifugation.


Five hundred five blood samples for culture were processed in the Isolator lysis-centrifugation system and were then inoculated into a Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) and onto a Lowenstein-Jensen (L-J) slant. Forty-nine isolates of Mycobacterium avium complex and three isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis were recovered from 50 of the blood culture specimens. Forty-five isolates from 43 specimens were recovered in the MGIT, with a mean time to detection of 21 days. Forty-one isolates from 40 specimens were recovered in the L-J slants, and the mean time to detection was 36 days. Nine specimens were positive in the MGIT alone, while seven specimens were positive only in L-J medium.

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