Imperial Collage Healthcare

Sterile body fluid microscopy and culture


Sample Required
• Bile fluid (9BILEC)
• Synovial (joint) fluid
• Pericardial fluid (9PCDCS)
• Peritoneal fluid
• Pleural fluid


Sample Container
Sterile universal container


Sample Volume
Always submit as much fluid as possible; never submit swab dipped in fluid.


Transport/Storage
Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or refrigerate overnight


Turnaround Time
5 days


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