Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry  (AUTOMATED)
Test Name:
PLEURAL FLUID (Biochemistry Specimen ID: PR)
Test Code: See Reference Values section below
Clinical Information:
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Collection Devices:
Specimen Required:
Pleural Fluid: 2.0 mL
Pleural Fluid: 2.0 mL
Reference Values:
*denotes plasma or serum, whichever is available.
Delphic Code Test
Result Unit Interpretation                 
LPFL Lipase > 10,000 U/L Associated with Pancreatitis
TPFL Protein > 30 g/L Exudate
    ≤ 30 g/L Transudate
  Protein Fluid: plasma Ratio ≥ 0.5   Exudate
LDFL LD > 2/3 of Upper Limit of Plasma*
Reference Interval
  LD Fluid: Plasma* Ratio ≥ 0.6   Exudate
CHFL Cholesterol > 1.16 mmol/L Exudate
CHFL Cholesterol > 1.24 mmol/L Malignant
CHFL Cholesterol > 5.2 mmol/L Pseudochylous
TGFL Triglyceride > 1.2 mmol/L Chylous
    0.56 - 1.2 mmol/L Indeterminate
GFL Glucose < 3.33 mmol/L Exudate of Certain Etiologies
CRFL Creatinine 177 - 884 μmol/L Pleural Effusion
  Pleural Fluid Creatinine: Plasma* Ratio > 1.0    Pleural effusion
Daily at Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Westman Lab. Other locations dependent on lab shipments to reference labs. Send out to reference labs should include plasma or serum samples at the same time where needed for testing.
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