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Botulism - Culture & Toxin

Important Note

 Ordering physician must get approval from State Epidimiologist before State Lab will accept the sample.

Clinical System Name

Miscellaneous Test

Synonyms

Clostridium Botulinum Culture
Clostridium Botulinum Toxin

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Stool

Container(s): Sterile Screw-Capped Container

Preferred Vol: See note

Minimum Vol: 25 grams of stool

 

Note:Specimen requirements: 25-50 grams stool (walnut-sized) in a sealed, leakproof, sterile container or enema with sterile water or saline not to exceed 20 mL. Deliver to the lab ASAP. Method is affected by age of sample or improper storage or shipping.

 

Processing Instructions

Reject due to:

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 4 C

Storage location: Affix a large computer label to the container and refrigerate in the CPA refrigerator.

 

Off-site collection: Ordering physician must get approval from State Epidimiologist before State Lab will accept the sample. Refrigerate sample. Transport refrigerated.

Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp  
  Refrigerated Y
  Frozen  

 

Availability

STAT Performed TAT
Y- only in critical situations Daily 4-14 days

 

Performing Laboratory

State Lab

Department

Department:  

State Lab

1610 NE 150th St
Seattle, WA 98155-7224
 

Phone Number: (206) 418-5400

 

 

Reference Range

None specified

Methodology

Method: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), Mouse bioassay, ELISA, standard reference procedures for biochemical identification

Analytical Volume: None specified

Limitations:

Send Out Instructions

 

Reference Test Name: None specified
Reference Test Number: None specified
Instructions: Send sample to the state microbiology lab within 24 hours of collection (excluding weekends). Send specimen on wet ice via delivery express. Use a generic CHRMC lab test request form. Call the state lab with any questions 206-418-5400).