206 – Pericardial Effusion Panel

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The Canine Pericardial Effusion Panel uses TK1 from serum and TK1 from pericardial fluid to determine if the source of the effusion is due to cancer. Neoplastic causes of PCE, particularly hemangiosarcoma, impart a significantly worse prognosis than non-neoplastic etiologies. Ratio of TK1 serum to pericardial fluid is able to rule-out cancer effectively. Contact VDI for more information on the Pericardial Effusion Panel.


Additional information



Patient Status

Acutely Ill, Suspected Cancer


Thymidine Kinase type 1 (TK1)

Specimen Type

Pericardial Fluid (Frozen or Dry), Serum (Frozen or Dry)

Dry Serum Volume

2 Wells


Not Required