Peritoneal fluid

Microbiology

Notes

 

  • May be useful in the investigation of secondary bacterial peritonitis e.g. following intra-abdominal perforation
  • See also:

Sample requirements

  • 30mL sterile Universal
  • A minimum volume of 1 mL is required, but a larger volume is desirable if possible
  • A standard charcoal transport swab may be used if there is insufficient fluid to otherwise collect
30 mL sterile Universal

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Details of abdominal surgery
  • Current or recent antibiotic therapy

Storage/transport

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

Turnaround time

Microscopy results on day of receipt

Culture results up to 6 days


Page last reviewed: 19/05/2014