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Test Name: LD, Total, Pleural Fluid

Test Code(s): PLLD / HCPLLD

CPT Code(s): 83615

Methodology: Lactate-Pyruvate

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Turnaround Time: Stat: 1 hour.
Routine: 4 hours.


Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Pleural Fluid

Collection Instructions: Indicate source of pleural fluid.

Collection Container: Preferred: Sterile screw cap container
Also Acceptable: Red top

Collection Volume: Preferred: 1 mL
Pediatrics: 0.3 mL

Sample Analyzed: Pleural Fluid

Volume Required: Preferred: 0.5 mL
Pediatrics: 0.2 mL

Specimen Processing: Centrifuge.  Transfer cell-free fluid to plastic vial.  Refrigerate.

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Core Laboratory (B4/220) immediately. Transport with coolant pack if coming from outreach location.

Unacceptable Criteria: Specimens greater than 2 hours old when received by the laboratory are not acceptable.

Stability: Ambient: 2 hours


Interpretation

Results are reported in U/L.

Additional Information:

This test was performed using a modification of an FDA approved method.  The performance characteristics of this test were determined by the UWHC Clinical Laboratories and meet the standards for clinical testing.

Lactate Dehydrogenase

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