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* BODY FLUID CELL COUNT

Mnemonic

BF CC

Synonym

Synovial - Pleural - Peritoneal - Ascites - Joint - Pericardial - Cell Count, Body Fluid

Includes

WBC/Nucleated cell count, RBC cell count, Differential

Guidelines

Do not use this test to order Cerebrospinal Fluid Cell Count, see Cerebrospinal Fluid Cell Count. Chemistry tests must be ordered separately for body and synovial fluids.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Synovial or Body Fluid in lavender (EDTA) top tube, also acceptable, for Synovial Fluid only, sodium heparin (green) top tube

Handling

Mix sample tube gently, end over end, 8-10 times immediately after collection. Body fluid specimens must be immediately processed and delivered to the testing area.

Preferred Volume

2.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Refrigerated

Rejection Criteria

Totally clotted specimen, specimen submitted on swab, frozen specimen. Body fluid specimens must not be rejected prior to consultation with technical staff.

Stability

Ambient: Unopened, 8 hours; Opened, 4 hours; Refrigerated: Unopened, 24 hours, Opened (top removed post collection), 4 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Testing Information

Note

Cerebrospinal Fluid specimen has different collection requirements, stability, specimen handling and reference ranges. Please see Cerebrospinal Fluid Cell Count.

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

Automated count, Manual count performed when indicated.

Reference Values

Reference Values

MALE/FEMALE: ADULT
Pleural/Pericardial Transudate:
WBC:    <1,000/µL
RBC:     <100/µL

Pleural/Pericardial Exudate:
WBC:    >1,000/µL
RBC:     >1,000/µL

Synovial Fluid:
WBC:    0-200/µL
RBC:     None

CPT Codes

89051

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:40:35 AM


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