Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: factors influencing recovery of organisms from effluents

Med Lab Sci. 1991 Apr;48(2):114-7.


In order to establish reasons for a decreased yield of positive culture results from peritoneal dialysates of patients with continuous ambulatory dialysis peritonitis 60 specimens were examined, 47 (78%) of which were positive. A negative result was associated with a delay in processing the specimen and the presence of antimicrobial substances in the dialysate. The application of a method involving dilution of a large volume of effluent in broth did not substantially increase the positive yield.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis
  • Bacteriological Techniques
  • Humans
  • Peritoneal Dialysis, Continuous Ambulatory / adverse effects*
  • Peritonitis / diagnosis
  • Peritonitis / microbiology*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*