Ascitic fluid carcinoembryonic antigen and alkaline phosphatase levels for the differentiation of primary from secondary bacterial peritonitis with intestinal perforation.

@article{Wu2001AsciticFC,
  title={Ascitic fluid carcinoembryonic antigen and alkaline phosphatase levels for the differentiation of primary from secondary bacterial peritonitis with intestinal perforation.},
  author={S S Wu and Otto Schiueh-Tzang Lin and Yang Yuan Chen and Kai L Hwang and Maw Soan Soon and Emmet B. Keeffe},
  journal={Journal of hepatology},
  year={2001},
  volume={34 2},
  pages={215-21}
}
BACKGROUND/AIMS In cirrhotic patients, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) may be difficult to distinguish from secondary peritonitis with occult intestinal perforation; Runyon's criteria (based on ascitic fluid glucose, protein and lactate dehydrogenase levels) are sensitive but not specific. Ascitic fluid carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and alkaline phosphatase (AP) are potential markers for secondary peritonitis. METHODS Ascitic fluid CEA and AP levels were prospectively compared among… CONTINUE READING
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