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Peritoneal Fluid Analysis

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Formal name: Peritoneal Fluid Analysis

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose the cause of peritonitis, an inflammation of the membrane lining the abdomen, and/or peritoneal fluid accumulation, where fluid builds up in the abdomen or around internal organs (called ascites)

When to Get Tested?

When you have abdominal pain and swelling, nausea, and/or fever and your healthcare practitioner suspects you have peritonitis or ascites

Sample Required?

A peritoneal fluid sample obtained by inserting a needle into the abdominal cavity

Test Preparation Needed?

You will be asked to empty your bladder prior to sample collection.