Pathology Handbook

Ascitic Fluid Microbiology

Synonyms

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Clinical Indications

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Test Includes

Microscopy (gram stain and cell count), culture for aerobic and anaerobic organisms

Request Form

ICE request

Availability

On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy

Turnaround Time

Microscopy - same day
Culture - 48 hours; 72 hours to identify and perform antibiotic and sensitivity testing on significant organisms

Specimen

Ascitic fluid, white topped universal

Volume

Minimum 2 ml

Container

Urine bottle white top

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample

Reference Range

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Lab Handling

Process on receipt