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Bacterial Culture, aerobic culture only - Synovial Fluid

Source Synovial Fluid
Mnemonic M FLUID
Specimen Requirements See Body Fluid Collection Guidelines

Submit 1-5 mL fluid in sterile container.
Specimen Handling Transport ASAP (priority) unless requested STAT.
Store specimens at room temperature.
DO NOT refrigerate.
Additional Information

Fluids are best obtained with needle and syringe.
DO NOT submit specimen in syringe, with or without needle attached.

Indicate Candida/Yeast on requisition if required.

Turnaround time for negative culture: 4 days.

If clinically indicated, specimen source also suitable for anaerobic culture.


Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s)

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