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Spinal Fluids and Other Sterile Body Fluids

Specimen Type Test Requisition Container             Notes                                                                                               
Spinal fluid (CSF) or other sterile body fluid West Nile Virus (WNV) RT-PCR MS 331

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 24 hours - 1 week
Notes: N/A

Spinal fluid (CSF) or other sterile body fluids Cryptococcal antigen MS 331

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room temperature - 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 24 hours
Notes: Test suitable for CSF and serum only

Spinal fluid (CSF) or other sterile body fluids Culture and sensitivity (C&S) MS 349

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room temperature

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 24 - 48 hours
Notes: If multiple tube of CSF are collected, the first tube shall  not  be used for microbiological examination.
Spinal fluid (CSF) or other sterile body fluids Fungus culture MS 331

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room temperature - 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Fungal stain: 24 hours, Final: 4 weeks
Notes: N/A
Spinal fluid (CSF) or other sterile body fluids Mycobacteria (AFB) MS 331

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: Room temperature - 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: Prelim: 1 week;  Final: 4 - 8 weeks
Notes: N/A
Spinal fluid (CSF) or other sterile body fluids Viral detection MS 331

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Culture: 2 weeks; Detection: 48 hours
Notes: N/A