Laboratory Services

Glucose, Body Fluid

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Glucose, Body Fluid


General Information

To aid in the diagnosis of infection or possible malignancy. Glucose in body fluid should be lower than that found in serum or plasma.

Container Type

Transport Tube, Red Top Tube, Li-Heparin Tube,  or Aliquot Tube

Specimen Type

Peritoneal Fluid, Pleural Fluid, Drain Fluid (JP drain), Pericardial, Dialysate, Synovial, Ascites

Specimen Requirements

Date and Time of collection are required. Specimen source is required

Specimen Collection / Processing Instructions

Indicate body fluid type and source (if applicable)

Preferred: Depending on the volume, take an aliquot and centrifuge to remove any cellular material and transfer to a plastic aliquot tube. Indicate the body fluid type, source location, and time of collection on the label.

Acceptable: Submit specimen in non-centrifuged collection container such as a plain red top or Li-Heparin tube.  Indicate the body fluid type, source location, and time of collection on the label.

Minimum Sample Volume

0.5 mLs


Room Temp - 24 hrs

Refrigerated - 7 days

Frozen - 30 days

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

Specimen types other than those listed


Enzymatic, Hexokinase

Estimated TAT

0-2 days

Testing Schedule

Monday - Saturday

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Reference Range

Reference range not established for sample type

Performing Lab


LOINC Code(s)