Collect fluid (usually nasal or ear discharge) into a sterile tube (eg, CSF tube or yellow-topped specimen jar). Record collection site on specimen container and request form. Collect a SST with gel. A serum sample should be collected at the same time as the discharge fluid. Please send together for testing. Serum collected within the previous 24 hours can be used if stored at 2-8 C.
Please ask the patient to sign his/her consent for the non-Medicare cost of this test ($57.92).
APPLICATION: Demonstration of CSF in fluid.
For advice on testing or to organise this test urgently, after hours or on weekends, please contact the Mater Pathology Chemical Pathologist on call (3163 8607).