Which lab tests for infectious diseases are performed in the workup of pericardial effusion?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: William J Strimel, DO, FACP; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Specific tests for infectious diseases or other conditions may also be warranted, based upon clinical suspicion, such as the following:

  • Viral cultures

  • Tuberculin skin testing or QuantiFERON-TB assay

  • Rickettsial antibodies

  • HIV serology

  • Adenosine deaminase levels

  • CEA levels

  • PCR

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