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Distinguishing Transudate vs Exudate in Pleural, Pericardial & Peritoneal Fluids

Purpose:

To decide if the body fluid is a transudate or exudate.

Specialty:

Unspecified Specialty

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

Description:

Body fluids are often initially classified as an exudate or as a transudate. Transudates are seen in heart failure and other abnormalities of tissue pressure, such as low oncotic pressure. Exudates are seen in inflammatory, traumatic and neoplastic disorders.

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