Proceeds from website advertising help sustain Lab Tests Online. AACC is a not-for-profit organization and does not endorse non-AACC products and services.

Pericardial Fluid Analysis

Print this article
Share this page:
Formal name: Pericardial Fluid Analysis

Board approvedAll content on Lab Tests Online has been reviewed and approved by our Editorial Review Board.

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose the cause of inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart (pericardium) and/or fluid accumulation around the heart

When to Get Tested?

When a healthcare practitioner suspects that you have a condition associated with inflammation of the pericardium and/or fluid accumulation around your heart

Sample Required?

A sample of fluid collected from the pericardial sac using a procedure called a pericardiocentesis

Test Preparation Needed?

None