Peritoneal fluid




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


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