Clinical Microbiology


Learning Lab for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Author information
Derrick Chen, MD
Dr Chen disclosed no conflict of interest

Learning objectives:

  • Describe general microbiological characteristics of mycobacteria and how they differ from other bacteria
  • Review different staining methods that are used to microscopically visualize mycobacteria
  • Understand which specimen types may be used for the diagnosis of mycobacterial infection
  • Know how mycobacteria are cultured, including unique processing and safety requirements
  • Determine how mycobacteria are identified using phenotypic and molecular methods
  • Identify uses and limitations of immunological and antigen tests
  • Summarize antimicrobial susceptibility testing of mycobacteria