Ascitic fluid adenosine deaminase insensitivity in detecting tuberculous peritonitis in the United States.

@article{Hillebrand1996AsciticFA,
  title={Ascitic fluid adenosine deaminase insensitivity in detecting tuberculous peritonitis in the United States.},
  author={Donald J. Hillebrand and Bruce Allen Runyon and Walid G. Yasmineh and G P Rynders},
  journal={Hepatology},
  year={1996},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={1408-12}
}
Tuberculous peritonitis, although common in Third World countries, remains an uncommon cause of ascites in the United States. Ascitic fluid adenosine deaminase (ADA) activity has been proposed as a useful diagnostic test. The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the clinical utility of ascitic fluid ADA activity in diagnosing tuberculous peritonitis in a U.S. patient population. A total of 368 ascitic fluid specimens from a well-characterized ascitic fluid bank, including… CONTINUE READING