Albumin, Pericardial Fluid

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Test Name: Albumin, Pericardial Fluid
Reference Lab: QNI
Test Code: 17411
Shipping Temp: Frozen: 28 days
Specimen Type: 1 mL pericardial fluid
TAT: 4-8 days
CPT Code: 82042
Additional Comments: _
FDA Approved Test: YES_ NO_ LDT_
Medical Director/Pathologist: approved by
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Test Code

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CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen

1 mL pericardial fluid in a sterile transport tube

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Freeze specimen and ship on dry ice

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
A.M. Sets up 4 days a week.

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
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
33608 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92690-6130

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.