Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Pericardial Fluid Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CBFG

    Collect

    Pericardial fluid in sterile leak-proof screw cap container (For Surgical specimens, see attached link)

    Volume Required

    1-5mLs

    Minimum Required

    1 mL

    Transport

    Send to laboratory immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Up to 1 hour from collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Refrigerated or frozen specimens

    Specimens submitted in unsterile containers

    Do not submit in Blood Culture Bottles

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updates daily until final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture