Does Fluid Around The Heart Cause Back Pain?

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Pericardial fluid culture is a test performed on a sample of fluid from the sac surrounding the heart to identify organisms that cause infection.

See also: Pericardial fluid gram stain


Alternative Names

Culture - pericardial fluid


How the test is performed

Some people may have a cardiac monitor placed before the test to check for heart disturbances. Patches called electrodes will be placed on the chest, similar to during an ECG. A chest x-ray or ultrasound may be...

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