Cultivo de líquido pericardial

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Durante un cultivo de líquido pericardial se inserta una aguja pequeña dentro del pecho, entre las costillas, que penetra en el pericardio (el saco delgado que rodea el corazón) y se extrae una pequeña cantidad de líquido. En el laboratorio se colocan muestras del líquido en diversos medios de cultivo, los cuales son observados para determinar el crecimiento de microorganismos. La prueba se realiza cuando se sospecha de una infección del corazón o cuando se presenta un derrame pericardial.

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  • Last Reviewed on 06/22/2012
  • Daniel Levy, MD, Infectious Disease, Maryland Family Care, Lutherville , MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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