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Peritoneal Fluid Analysis

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Formal name: Peritoneal Fluid Analysis

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose the cause of peritonitis and/or peritoneal fluid accumulation (called ascites)

When to Get Tested?

When a doctor suspects that someone with abdominal pain and swelling, nausea, and/or fever has a condition associated with inflammation of the peritoneum (peritonitis) or peritoneal fluid accumulation

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.