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Test Code LAB269 and LAB2800 Effusion Fluid, Routine - if Peritoneal or Ascites Fluid see LAB 2796

Additional Codes

CPT Code for MISC: 87070


Includes differential, glucose, lactate dehydrogenase, protein, RBC, specific gravity, and WBC.

Performing Laboratory

Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Chemistry and Hematology

Specimen Requirements

Specimen must be analyzed within 2 hours of collection.


Acceptable Specimens:

Pericardial, Peritoneal Dialysate and pleural fluid.


Submit 10 mL of body fluid in a lavender-top (EDTA) tube and 10 mL of body fluid in a grey-top (potassium oxalate/sodium fluoride) tube.

Note: Indicate specimen source.

Reference Values


Clear or straw


<1,000 WBCs/µL


No established reference values