|Alternate:||Glucose, Body Fluid|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Routine: 3 hours, STAT: 30 minutes|
|Specimen:||Fluid: pleural, pericardial, nasal, synovial|
|Volume:||1.0 mL Fluid|
|Container:||Sterile body fluid container|
|Temperature:||Transported to lab within 15 minutes.|
|Rejection:||In transport more than 1 hour.|
|Normal:||Fluid glucose concentration is normally very similar to plasma concentrations. Should be interpreted with simultaneous blood glucose. Should be 60-70% of plasma glucose.|
|Uses:||Decreased fluid glucose concentrations are usually associated with septic processes.|
|Limitations:||Bloody specimens will cause an increased glucose level, delay of more than 1 hour of getting specimen to laboratory. Test has limited usefulness due to nonspecificity.|
|Method:||Biochromatic endpoint (NADP/NADPH)|
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