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Test Code C Pericard Fld Pericardial Fluid Culture

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

Pericardial Fluid Culture


Pericardial Fluid


Anaerobic Culture



Includes Bacterial Culture and Gram Stain. Specimen cultured for Aerobic and Anaerobic bacteria.

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Pericardial Fluid

Container: Syringe

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.2 mL


Processing Instructions


CPA: Send sample to Microbiology for processing.  If the sample is shared and only one tube, syringe or other container is received, affix shared sample label and send entire sample plus requisition to Microbiology.


Off-site collection: Off-site Children's Lab locations should set up culture and perform Gram stain. Culture must be set up before remaining sample is refrigerated for courier pickup. Place culture plates in CO2 pouch and incubate until courier pickup.




Temp Time
Room Temp. 1 hour


Frozen N




Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
Gram Stain 24/7

1 hour

Culture 24/7 48 - 72 hours

Cultures are read at appropriate intervals to detect early bacterial growth. STAT requests are not applicable.

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory



Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes




This test is not limited to the CPT codes listed.  Others may be added as more testing is necessary and depending on the pathogens isolated (such as MIC's and ID's)

Reporting Information

Preliminary Report:  18 - 24 hours

Negative Final Report: 48 hours


When Moderate to Abundant Polys are seen on Gram Stain, culture incubation will be extended up to one week.



Notifiable Result

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