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Test Code FGLUC Glucose, Body Fluid, LAB186



Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred: Pleural, peritoneal (ascites, pancreatic), pericardial, synovial fluid and amniotic fluid

Acceptable: Other fluid types should be approved by the supervisor or pathologist before reporting.

Specimen Volume: 0.1 mL of body fluid

Stability: Separated specimens are stable for as long as 8 hours at 25°C and up to 72 hours at 4°C.

Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values

No established reference values

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Useful For

Pleural fluid glucose concentrations are similar to plasma glucose levels in normal fluids and transudate.  Glucose is decreased in exudates, as may be caused by bacterial infection, tuberculosis, neoplasia, and rheumatoid disease.

Analytic Time

1 hour upon receipt.