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ID:623 Ophthalmic cultures (other than conjunctival swabs)
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DescriptionInfections of the inner eye are caused by a variety of organisms some of which are more difficult to culture. The laboratory uses a variety of culture media to recover any aerobic, anaerobic and fungal isolates resulting in a longer turnaround time compared with conjunctival eyes swabs. It is important to send the respective material e.g. aqueous or vitreous humour aspirate fluid or tissue specimens in a universal container. It is advisable to add some sterile normal saline to biopsy samples to prevent any desiccation of the material during transport.
Indication Extended culture of fastidious organisms from inner eye infections
Additional Info Corneal scrapes are usually sent directly inoculated on to culture plates in theatre. Plate sets are sent routinely to Ophthalmology at St James. For other users wishing to send these samples please contact the laboratory 0113 (39) 22294
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna


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Ref. Range Notes
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IP Acute TAT10 days
IP Routine TAT10 days
GP Acute TAT10 days
GP Routine TAT10 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time. Microscopy results may be available within 24 hours on request
Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster. Last edited on 01/12/2018 13:05:32. Published By K Roberts on 01/12/2017 13:05:32.