Albumin, Body Fluid

Test performed at York Hospital Laboratory.

Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
0.5 mL fluid submitted in a no additive (red-top) tube

Other Acceptable Specimens
0.5 mL fluid submitted in a plastic leakproof container
0.5 mL fluid submitted in a lithium heparin (green-top) tube

Accceptable body fluids include: synovial, pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and drainage. Please specify body site for drainage fluids.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 7 days
Refrigerated: 1 month
Frozen: 1 month


Setup Schedule

Report Available
Next Day

Reference Range
None established

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.

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.