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Pericardial fluid

About This Test

Department: Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Microbiology

Requirement: 1ml, ideally 20-25ml

Turnaround Time: Microscopy - same day, culture 2-7 days

Gram stain, culture for common pathogens

Other Comments:

Collection container: Sterile plain container

Special instructions - Relevant clinical data and details of recent or current antimicrobial treatment should be provided:

If unusual organisms suspected, consider sending sample in blood culture bottles (NB not Mycobacterium species)

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature