Which lab tests are performed in the evaluation of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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The following tests may be indicated in pericarditis and cardiac tamponade:

  • Complete blood cell (CBC) count with differential and coagulations studies

  • Serum electrolyte, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine levels

  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels

  • Cardiac biomarker measurements, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT; AST) levels

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