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Pericardial Fluid Analysis

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Formal name: Pericardial Fluid Analysis

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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?