Prostatic Fluid Culture

Sunquest Code:FLDC  
Epic Code:LAB269Epic Name:Fluid Culture
Test Includes:Culture for aerobes. Does not include culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae which should be specifically ordered.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day. Preliminary results are reported within 24 hours; negative results are reported within 5 days.
Special Instructions:Indicate on request form if collected in combination with multiple urine samples, for the diagnosis of chronic bacterial prostatitis.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Fluid or aspirate
Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Syringe, sterile, no needle)

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Isolate and identify potentially pathogenic microorganisms. Chronic bacterial prostatitis is frequently a low grade infection that may go undiagnosed. Multiple urine specimens should be cultured in tandem to rule out urinary tract infections.

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