Pleural fluid Gram stain

Gram stain of pleural fluid

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

Pleural smear

A pleural smear examines a sample of pleural fluid under the microscope to detect for abnormal organisms. The test is performed when infection of the pleural space is suspected or when an abnormal collection of pleural fluid is noticed by chest x-ray.

How the Test is Performed

How to Prepare for the Test

How the Test will Feel

Why the Test is Performed

Normal Results

What Abnormal Results Mean