Pathology Handbook

Peritoneal Dialysis Fluid



Test Includes

Microscopy including white blood cell count (WBC) and culture.

Clinical Indications

Suspected peritonitis, then day 3,7 and 10 post commencement of treatment if positive.

Request Form 

Request via the ICE System.


On request.

Specific Criteria

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

Turnaround Time

Microscopy - same day.

Culture - up to 5 days for a negative report; positive cultures are reported as soon as growth is detected.


Peritoneal dialysis fluid.


Please send the whole bag of dialysate. Transport in the box provided for this purpose.


Samples should be transported to the laboratory immediately.

Lab Handling

Process on reciept.