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Abscess or pus collection
|Category||Bacteriology Medical Microbiology|
|Reporting frequency||TAT - Microscopy results available same day as receipt, culture 2 – 3 days. Some specimens may have prolonged incubation - result issued in 5-7 days.|
Used for analysis of routine non sterile and sterile specimens with the inclusion of pus, fluids (e.g. joint, drain, pleural, ascitic, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic, bile, CSF), bone, pus, aspirates/vesical fluid and bone marrow, tips and IUCD. Send in dry sterile bottle. All tissue samples should be collected aseptically and transferred directly to sterile sample containers with no additives of any kind.
A WBC differential will be done on all ascitic fluid with a raised WBC > 250/ml. Sample stability – 4 weeks
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