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Peritoneal dialysis fluid

About This Test

Department: Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Microbiology


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Turnaround Time:

Microscopy - same day, culture 2-7 days

White cell count, Gram stain if required, culture for common pathogens

White cell count including differential count is performed by Haematology. Please send 5 mL of peritoneal dialysis fluid (PDF) in an EDTA (purple top) tube to Haematology.

Culture is performed in Microbiology. Please send 2 x 25mL Peritoneal Dialysis fluid in universal containers and inoculate one adult blood culture bottle set with 8-10mL of PDF in each bottle, and send all to Microbiology for culture.

Please refer to guidance:  ISPD peritonitis recommendations: 2016 update on prevention and treatment, Kam-Tao Li. et al,  Peritoneal Dialysis International, Vol. 36, pp. 481–508

Other Comments:

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

Specify if culture for fungi, Mycobacterium species or other unusual organisms required

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature other than for those inoculated into blood culture bottles.