Search Specimen Collection Manual

< All Topics

Effusions: Pleural Fluid (Thoracentesis), Peritoneal Fluid (Paracentesis), Ascitic Fluid, Pericardial Fluid

See Specimen Submission Instructions for test requisition, specimen labeling and specimen packaging requirements.

Specimen Instructions

  1. Submit as a fresh specimen.
  2. Submit entire fluid, not an aliquot.
  3. Refrigerate and transport on ice.
Table of Contents