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Ascitic fluid cell count, microscopy and culture

Category Microbiology
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Clinical Indications
Reference range

Cell count: <250 WBCs/µL

Sample & container required Ascitic fluid - Ascetic fluid in EDTA for cell count only, Ascetic fluid in sterile container for culture
Sample volume Cell count: approx. 3 mL fluid in EDTA (lavender top); Microscopy and culture: sterile universal container (2 mL)
Transport storage Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection
Turnaround time 5 days