Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry
Test Name:
PERICARDIAL FLUID (Biochemistry Specimen ID: PC)
Test Code: See Reference Values section below
Clinical Information:
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Collection Devices:
Specimen Required:
Pericardial Fluid: 2.0 mL
Reference Values:
Delphic Code Test
Result Unit Interpretation     
  Appearance Turbid                    Likely Infectious or Malignancy                
    Blood-Streaked Cloudy   Likely Malignancy or Tuberculosis
    Bloody   Cardiac Rupture/Puncture
    Clear or Straw Colored   Uremic Renal Failure
    Milky   Chylopericardium
TPFL Protein > 30 g/L    Exudate
    ≤ 30 g/L Transudate
  Protein Fluid: Serum Ratio ≥ 0.5   Exudate
LDFL LD > 300 U/L Exudate
  LD Fluid: Serum Ratio ≥ 0.6   Exudate
Serum-Fluid Albumin Difference > 11 g/L Portal Hypertension
CEFL CEA > 5 μg/L Malignant Pericardial Effusion
TGFL Triglyceride > Plasma Level mmol/L Chylopericardium
Daily at Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Westman Lab. Other locations dependent on lab shipments to reference labs.
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