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Test Directory -  Pleural fluid (Microbiology)

Test Includes

Microscopy: routine only, NOT for acid fast bacilli (AFB)
Culture for aerobic and anaerobic organisms and Mycobacteria

Request Form 

Microbiology form (Green)


On request

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection, and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy

Turnaround Time

Microscopy: routine - 24 hours
Culture: routine - 48 hours; Mycobacteria - up to 6 weeks for a negative report


Pleural fluid


White capped universal (Sterile)


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab. Handling

Process on receipt 

Causes for Rejection

Incorrectly and/or Insufficiently labelled sample                              Unsuitable container e.g. Unsterile or with additives (Boric acid, Formalin...)

Version 1.0 / November 2013

Last edited 16/04/14