MANTOUX TEST
Department: Phlebotomy
Alternate Names for Test: TUBERCULIN TEST - MANTOUX
TUBERCULOSIS MANTOUX TEST
Specimen Collection Requirements:
Patient Preparation: Test available at CMC and Lower Hutt rooms  ONLY.  Test is not performed on 
Thursday or Saturday.  Children <15kg can not attend Lower Hutt Hub.  Test will 
take approx 30 minutes to perform.  Patient will be required to return after 72 
hours (3 days) to have the reactions read by phlebotomy staff at laboratory.
Sample Type Notes: Injection of 0.1mL 5TU Connaught Labortories PPD.  Refer to Additional 
Information.
Additional Information: DO NOT PERFORM if - Patient has previously had large tuberculin reaction 
(>/=15mm)
                  - Patient has a history of tuberculosis
                  - Infants <8 weeks old.

Detailed procedure found in the Phlebotomy Procedure manual. 
In the Lab:
Lab Test Code: MAN2
Testing Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.
Turnaround Time: Result available within 4 days after administration (1 day after reading test)
Reference Interval & Interpretation: Results are reported according to the widest diameter of induration.

DEFINITION OF A POSITIVE MANTOUX IN NEW ZEALAND (CUTTING POINTS) 
 
Categories               Adults      Older Children   Young Children
                          (>15yrs)      (5-14yrs)         (<5yrs)
New Zealand born 
- No BCG                   >/=10mm        >/=10mm           >/= 5mm
- Previous BCG             >/=15mm        >/=10mm           >/=10mm

Following residence in a high-incidence country
- No BCG                   >/=10mm        >/=10mm           >/= 5mm
- Previous BCG             >/=10mm        >/=10mm           >/=10mm

With immunosuppressive illness or taking immunosuppressive drugs
(BCG or not)                5-10mm        >/= 5mm           >/= 5mm

HIV/AIDS
(BCG or not)               >/= 5mm        >/= 5mm           >/= 5mm

Close contacts of smear-positive cases (any origin)
(BCG or not)               >/=10mm        >/= 5mm           >/= 5mm

Reference:
http://www.moh.govt.nz/notebook/nbbooks.nsf/0/940C7A59732C76154C2565D700187D7B/$
file/Scan4610.pdf
Method: Tuberculin PPD injected intradermally
Link to Application and Diagnostic Use Website: http://www.rcpamanual.edu.au/index.php?option=com_pttests&view=tests&Itemid=77
Contact Details:
Lab Contact: Julie Page
Department Name: Phlebotomy
Phone: (04) 3815900 ext 748
Fax: (04) 3815948
Email: jpage@apath.co.nz

Test Information last updated on 22/02/2012
Website last updated on 14/04/2014 14:50

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