Why should a gram stain and microscopy of the peritoneal effluent be performed with suspected peritonitis

Why should a gram stain and microscopy of the peritoneal effluent be performed with suspected peritonitis?

The primary reason for microscopy is to identify the presence of budding yeast or hyphae, indicative of fungal peritonitis.

These findings should prompt immediate removal of the Peritoneal Dialysis catheter, an action that may have a significant impact on patient survival.

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