Cell Count & Diff, Body Fluid

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Fluid (Pericardial) Cell Count;
Fluid (Pleural) Cell Count;
Fluid (Synovial) Cell Count;
Fluid (Peritoneal) Cell Count;
Pericardial Fluid Cell Count;
Peritoneal Fluid Cell Count;
Pleural Fluid Cell Count;

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
2 mL body fluid collected in K2EDTA (lavender top) tube.

Avoid hemolysis. Gently invert 10 times. Indicate source of fluid specimen must be transported to laboratory within 1 hour of collection. Do NOT send collection needle with specimen.

Transport Container
K2EDTA (lavender top) tube

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Refrigerate = 3 hours
No specimen will be rejected due to specimen stability

Hemocytometer count and Manual microscopic review

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
3 hours

Clinical Significance
An excess accumulation of fluid within the pericardium may occur in the presence of the following: infections, cardiovascular disease, renal failure and uremia, neoplastic disease, trauma, coagulation disorders and anticoagulant therapy and collagen vascular disease.

Performing Laboratory
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: August 4, 2022

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.