Combined carcinoembryonic antigen and cytopathologic examination in ascites.


OBJECTIVE To investigate use of the combined carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test and cytopathologic examination to improve the diagnosis of neoplastic vs. nonneoplastic ascites. STUDY DESIGN The tests were performed prospectively on 130 patients with ascites whose effusions were submitted for cytologic examination. RESULTS Sixty-seven patients had… (More)


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