To evaluate and classify the type of fluid between the pericardium membranes to assist with diagnosis of infection or fluid balance disorder.
Pericardial fluid (5 mL) collected in a red- or green-top (heparin) tube for glucose, a lavender-top (EDTA) tube for cell count, and sterile containers for microbiology specimens; 200 to 500 mL of fluid in a clear container for cytology. Ensure that there is an equal amount of fixative and fluid in the container for cytology.
(Method: Spectrophotometry for glucose; automated or manual cell count, macroscopic examination of cultured organisms, and microscopic examination of specimen for microbiology and cytology; microscopic examination of cultured microorganisms)
|Pericardial Fluid||Reference Value|
|Glucose||Parallels serum values|
|Red blood cell count||None seen|
|White blood cell count||Less than 300/mm3|
|Gram stain||No organisms seen|
|Cytology||No abnormal cells seen|
Pericardial Fluid Analysis has been found in Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests
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