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Synovial fluid: culture and sensitivity

Synonym(s): Joint fluid: culture and sensitivity

Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman, Jane Miller

Overview

  • Indicated if synovial fluid is turbid or cell count is very high.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Aerobic , anaerobic and fungal culture and sensitivity.
  • Gram-stained smear.

Availability

  • Widely available at commercial laboratories.
  • Smears can be examined in house to give early indication of etiology of infection, ie Gram positive or negative; reds or cocci to allow empirical treatment to be started.

Technician (extrinsic) limitations

  • Failure to enter joint aseptically could result in contamination of sample and joint.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • MacWilliams P S & Friedrichs K R (2003) Laboratory evaluation and interpretation of synovial fluid. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 33(1), 153-178 PubMed.


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