Heart valve/vegetation

Microscopy, isolation, identification and susceptibility of any organism likely to be pathogenic
Clinical details: 
Infective endocarditis is a rare infection of the endocardial structures, usually involving the heart valves. Most cases are caused by bacteria, and a few by fungi. Gram stain and culture of explanted valves can be useful to confirm the diagnosis. establish the aetiology, and guide the post-operative antibiotic regime.
Sample type and Volume required: 
Sterile universal container
Turnaround time: 
7-10 days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR) as soon as possible for processing.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 03/12/2017