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Fluids and Tissues Culture



Fluids & Tissues

Specimen container

20ml white top universal

Pink top EDTA tube for cell count (Joint Aspirates, Ascitc Fluid, CAPD Fluid ONLY)

BACTEC bottles for Sterile fluids (Joint Aspirates, Ascitc Fluid, CAPD Fluid ONLY)

Specimen Collection

Transfer material to a universal container under aseptic conditions.

Special Instructions

Please list antibiotic therapy.

Is there any suspicion of Mycobacteria infection?  If yes please contact Microbiologist.

Bile, Drain Fluids & Breast Milk should not be repeated under 48 hrs.

Test Usage

Determination of infection.


Local test

Processing Time

48-72 hours

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Microscopy available on the day. Please contact the laboratory if this is required urgently.

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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