Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Pleural fluid: culture and sensitivity

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Overview

  • Definitive method of diagnosis pathogenic organism involved in pleural effusions Pleural: effusion.
  • Identification of appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Aerobic , anaerobic and fungal culture and sensitivities.
  • Gram-stained smear.

Availability

  • Widely available at commercial laboratories.
  • Smears can be examined in house to give early indication of etiology of infection, ie gram-positive or negative; reds or cocci to allow empirical treatment to be started.

Technician (extrinsic) limitations

  • Contamination of specimen during collection may invalidate result.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

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