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Pleural Fluid Analysis

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Formal name: Pleural Fluid Analysis

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose the cause of inflammation of pleurae (pleuritis, pleurisy) and/or accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion)

When to Get Tested?

When a doctor suspects that someone with chest pain, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing has a condition associated with pleuritis and/or pleural effusion

Sample Required?

A volume of pleural fluid collected using a procedure called thoracentesis

Test Preparation Needed?