Glucose, Pericardial Fluid

Test Code

CPT Codes

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

Patient Preparation
Overnight fasting is preferred

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL


Freeze immediately after collection

Transport Temperature

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

Spectrophotometry (SP)

Setup Schedule

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.