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Peritoneal Fluid Analysis

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Ascites fluid analysis.

Common Use:
To evaluate and classify the type of fluid within the peritoneal cavity to assist with diagnosis of cancer, infection, necrosis, and perforation.

Peritoneal fluid collected in a red- or green-top (heparin) tube for amylase, glucose, and alkaline phosphatase; lavender-top (EDTA) tube for cell count; sterile containers for microbiology specimens; fluid in a clear container with anticoagulant for cytology. Ensure that there is an equal amount of fixative and fluid in the container for cytology.

Normal Findings:
(Method: Spectrophotometry for glucose, amylase, and alkaline phosphatase; automated or manual cell count, macroscopic examination of cultured organisms, and microscopic examination of specimen for microbiology and cytology; microscopic examination of cultured microorganisms)

Peritoneal FluidReference Value
ColorPale yellow
AmylaseParallels serum values
Alkaline phosphataseParallels serum values
CEAParallels serum values
GlucoseParallels serum values
Red blood cell countNone seen
White blood cell countLess than 300 cells/microL
CultureNo growth
Acid-fast stainNo organisms seen
Gram stainNo organisms seen
CytologyNo abnormal cells seen

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Bladh, Mickey Lynn., and Anne M. Van Leeuwen. "Peritoneal Fluid Analysis." Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, 7th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425372/all/Peritoneal_Fluid_Analysis.
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Peritoneal Fluid Analysis. Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. 7th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425372/all/Peritoneal_Fluid_Analysis. Accessed April 21, 2019.
Bladh, M. L., & Van Leeuwen, A. M. (2017). Peritoneal Fluid Analysis. In Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425372/all/Peritoneal_Fluid_Analysis
Bladh ML, Van Leeuwen AM. Peritoneal Fluid Analysis [Internet]. In: Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 April 21]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Davis-Lab-and-Diagnostic-Tests/425372/all/Peritoneal_Fluid_Analysis.
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