Updated: 2/25/2019

Transudate vs. Exudate

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Transudate 
Exudate 
Cellularity
Hypocellular
Cellular
Protein
Poor
Rich
Specific gravity
< 1.012
> 1.020
Cause
Alteration of Starling's forces (e.g. ↑ hydrostatic pressure, ↓ oncotic pressure, Na+ retention)
Increased vessel permeability (e.g inflammation) and lymphatic obstruction

 

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