The conventional method for culturing ascitic fluid by a University hospital in Rotterdam was compared with bedside inoculation into blood culture bottles and into lysis‐centrifugation tubes. The culture methods reported were not totally studied concurrently, as the lysis‐centrifugation tube method was added in the latter part of the study. Among patients thought to have spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP), cultures were positive by the conventional technique in 11 of 31 (35%) episodes, while the blood culture bottle method was positive in 26 of 31 (84%) (p < 0.001). The lysis‐centrifugation tube method was positive in 11 of 24 (46%) episodes, compared with 19 of 24 (79%) (p < 0.05) for blood culture bottles. The blood culture bottle method was also found to detect bacterial growth more rapidly, and the authors concluded that this technique should he used routinely for patients with suspected SBP.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||The American Journal of Gastroenterology|
|State||Published - Nov 1992|
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