Fluid In The Lungs

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Definition

The pleural fluid Gram stain is a test to diagnose bacterial infections in the lungs.


Alternative Names

Gram stain of pleural fluid


How the test is performed

Pleural fluid is found in the space around the lungs. In a variety of diseases, an abnormal amount of pleural fluid builds up in the lungs.

A sample of the pleural fluid is needed for this test. For information on how the sample is obtained, see: Thoracentesis

The fluid sample is placed onto a microscope slide and mixed with a violet...

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