Albumin, Pericardial Fluid : 17411

Test Code
ALPCAU or 17411

Alias/See Also
Albumin, Body Fluid,Albumin, Heart Fluid

CPT Codes

Freeze specimen and ship on dry ice

Transport Container
Preferred Specimen
1 mL pericardial fluid
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 7 days; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 28 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Gross hemolysis


Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
1 day

Reference Range
A gradient value of >1.2 g/dL is seen in transudates.
A gradient value of ≤1.2 g/dL is seen in exudates.

Clinical Significance
The serous cavities surrounding the abdomen, heart and lungs will accumulate fluids, called effusions, when their production or resorption is not in balance. The serum-effusion albumin gradient is used to classify whether an effusion is a transudate or an exudate.

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

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