How is pericardial fluid analyzed in the diagnosis of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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The pericardial fluid should be analyzed for red blood cells (RBCs), total protein level, LDH level, adenosine deaminase activity, and culture (ordinary and Loewenstein media). Directly investigate for tuberculous bacilli and perform a cytologic study.


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