Collection, transport and examination of effusions (synovial, pleural, pericardial, ascitie and hydroceles fluids)
cavities Fluid which collects due to an inflammatory process is referred to as an exudates and that which forms due to a non-inflammatory condition is referred to as a transudates.
If the effusion is all exudates, it is important
to investigate whether the
process is all infective one.
Fluid Synovial Pleural
Ascitic (peritoneae) Hydrocele
Origin From joint From the pleural cavity (space between the lungs and the inner chest wall) From the pericardial sac (membranous sac surrounding the health) From the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity Usually from the sacs surrounding the tests.