• Bile samples are routinely tested for the presence of Salmonella

Sample requirements

  • 30mL sterile Universal
  • A minimum volume of 2 mL is required to improve recovery of anaerobes, but a larger volume is desirable if possible
30 mL sterile Universal

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • ERCP
  • Immunocompromise 
  • Current or recent antibiotic therapy



Samples should be transported to the laboratory with minimal delay.  Refrigerate samples if transport is delayed

The recovery of anaerobes may be compromised if transport delays exceed 3 hours

Turnaround time

Up to 5 days

Page last reviewed: 15/05/2014