Glucose, Pericardial Fluid

Test Code
17641

CPT Codes
82945

Preferred Specimen
3 mL pericardial fluid in a plastic screw-cap vial

Patient Preparation
Overnight fasting is preferred

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Instructions

Freeze immediately after collection



Transport Temperature
Frozen

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 24 hours
Refrigerated: 5 days
Frozen: 28 days

Methodology
Spectrophotometry (SP)

Setup Schedule
Night

Clinical Significance
Pericardial fluid glucose levels may be a useful adjunct to serum levels in evaluating bacterial endocarditis and malignant effusions.



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.