G113

Gram – Joint fluid: gram negative diplococci + neutrophils (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) – Shipped November 2011

HISTORY

A simulated joint fluid smear collected from a 30 year old female, returning traveller with an inflamed knee was sent to category A, B, C, and C1 laboratories for Gram staining.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from G113

  1. Reporting epithelial cells when none are present is significant because it suggests a problem of competence in reading and interpretation of cells or a disregard of cellular detail.

Full critique (PDF)

Posted in Clinical Bacteriology Results, critiques, Gram