Clostridium tetani

TEST NAME Clostridium tetani
DISEASE/DISORDER Tetanus (lock jaw)
ALTERNATE NAME(S) C.tetani, tetanus, lock jaw

CEDEP approval required prior to isolate submission.

ORDERING INFORMATION TDH DLS Requisition:  PH-4182 Clinical Submission Requisition

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation
  • None
Specimen Collection
  • Isolate on media that maintains anaerobic conditions (i.e. chopped meat broth, thioglycolate broth) or commercially available anaerobic transport media/system
Specimen Labeling
  • Specimen must be labeled with at least two unique patient identifiers and match accompanying PH-4182 Clinical Submission Requisition.
Specimen Processing
  • None
Specimen Storage and Preservation
  • Isolates should be stored at ambient temperature and in anaerobic conditions.
Specimen Transport
  • Ship isolates in ambient and anaerobic conditions.
  • All infectious substance shipments must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180). 
Specimen Acceptability and Rejection
  • Specimens that do not adhere to all specimen requirements will be rejected.
Testing Location
  • Nashville

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