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Anaerobic Bacteriology


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Inappropriate Specimens

Slide 6

June 2012

Inappropriate specimens for anaerobic culture include Sputum, BAL’s, nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal fluids.  Draining sinuses to the skin except when actinomycosis is suspected.  Open wounds, voided urine, cervical and vaginal samples, and any specimen which is grossly contaminated by feces including peritoneal fluid and there has been perforation of the intestinal mucosa.  The only exception for culture feces is when we are trying to diagnose Clostridium difficile infection.  This will not be further discussed during this session.

Inappropriate Specimens


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