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Available Stat? No
Test code FLDC, FLNA, FLNS
Performed by? Microbiology (Bacteriology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$$
In House Availability 7 days
Principle Sterile body fluid sites can be invaded and infected with etiological agents of disease. In response to infection with inflammation, fluid may accumulate in a body cavity.
Interpretation Infection of normally sterile body fluids often results in severe morbidity and mortality. Any microorganism recovered from a normally sterile site may be significant. The final interpretation is made by the physician on the basis of the clinical status of the patient. Contaminants, (e.g., normal flora) can be introduced from the skin or other adjacent body sites during collection of a specimen.
Container type Submit some of the specimen in an anaerobic collection tube and the remainder in a sterile container.
Collection Instructions For collection of large volume of pleural or peritoneal fluid, large volume, sterile evacuated bottles are available from the Pharmacy. See Microbiology Procedures Section III-B-2 for proper collection procedures for anaerobic culture
Special instructions Swabs dipped into body fluid are not a satisfactory specimen; always send fluid which can be concentrated by centrifugation. Swabs in transport medium are not satisfactory for the isolation of anaerobes.
Synonyms Bacteria Culture, Pleural, Peritoneal, and Synovial Fluids;Pericardial Fluid Culture;Peritoneal Fluid Culture;Pleural Fluid Culture;
Stability Keep at room temperature. Send specimen as soon as possible to Microbiology Laboratory.
References 1. Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 2nd ed., HD Isenberg Ed., Amer. Soc. for Microbiol., Washington DC, 2004.

2. Murray, PR, et al. Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 9th Ed., ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2007.

3. Forbes, BA, et al. Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, 11th Ed., Mosby, St. Louis MO, 2002.
CPT coding 87070
Last Updated 8/19/2009 1:19 PM
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