Peritoneal fluid: mixed anaerobes (Bacteroides fragilis, Bacteroides uniformis, Peptosptreptococcus magnus) – Shipped May 14, 2018
A simulated peritoneal fluid collected from a 23 year old male knife-wound victim was sent to category A laboratories.
Participants were expected to report the presence of mixed anaerobic bacteria.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M181-5
- Anaerobic bacteria derived from the large intestinal flora are common pathogens in intra-abdominal sepsis, particularly if the bowel wall has been penetrated.
- Specific identification of all anaerobic isolates in a mixed infection is not practical and delays reporting.