Pericardial Fluid Analysis

How to Cite This Chapter: Tomkowski W, Kuca P, Leśniak W. Pericardial Fluid Analysis. McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine. Kraków: Medycyna Praktyczna. https://empendium.com/mcmtextbook/chapter/B31.1269.3.205.5.?utm_source=nieznany&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=social-chapter-link Accessed February 25, 2024.
Last Updated: February 4, 2022
Last Reviewed: February 4, 2022
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Table 1

Table 20.4-1. Pericardial fluid analysis

Analyte/characteristics

Result interpretation: pericarditis

Viral

Bacterial

Tuberculous

Autoimmune

Appearance

Serous or serous-bloody

Yellowish, turbid

Serous-bloody

Serous

WBCs

>5×109/L (lymphocytes and occasional macrophages)

>10×109/L (granulocytes, numerous macrophages)

>8×109/L (granulocytes and a moderate number of macrophages)

<5×109/L (lymphocytes and occasional macrophages)

Adenosine deaminase

(–)

(–)

(+) >40 IU

(–)

(–), negative result; (+), positive result; WBC, white blood cell.

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