Ascitic Fluid Potassium

Ascitic Fluid is found in certain diseases and infections cause accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity. Ascitic fluid accumulated in the cavity and leads to ascites which is caused also by conditions like liver cirrhosis. This test measures Potassium levels in the ascitic fluid. Ascitic electrolytes analysis is helpful for monitoring the treatment of ascitic cirrhosis.
Test Code: 55
₹ 100.00


Why Ascitic fluid Potassium test?


Ascitic Fluid test is done to detect peritonitis. This test detects the cause of effusion (such as infection due to bacteria, virus, fungi, etc or non-infectious / inflammatory condition causing peritonitis eg. Congestive heart failure, nephrotic syndrome, hepatic cirrhosis, pancreatitis, ruptured gall bladder, rupture of the appendix, autoimmune diseases, etc – Transudate or Exudate) of fluid accumulated in the peritoneal cavity and sometimes around the internal organs. Ascites can result due to infectious causes or due to certain disorders in conditions such as liver cirrhosis, circulatory dysfunction, tuberculosis, pancreatitis, underactive thyroid, heart failure, cancer of peritoneum, liver, lymphatic system, ovaries, breast, bowel, stomach, pancreas, lung, womb, etc. Ascetic fluid potassium test is performed to measure the levels of electrolytes such as potassium before and after diuretic therapy in patients as a protocol for prognosis. Symptoms of ascites include nausea, vomiting, tiredness, breathlessness, urine urgency, and constipation and the clinical findings with signs of ascites include fluid retention causes pressure on other internal organs causing discomfort, bloating, abdominal and back pain, etc. Complications of ascites are spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (a life-threatening infection), blood sepsis, migration of fluid into lung cavities, hepato-renal syndrome, weight loss and protein malnutrition, mental confusion, altered consciousness. Change in level of alertness and/or COMA (hepatic-encephalopathy). Other tests for confirmation of ascites include ultrasound and imaging studies like X-Rays, MRI, CT Scan, etc, and systematic clinical examination procedures such as inspection, auscultation, percussion, palpation, and the scratch test are performed for bulging flanks, flank dullness, shifting dullness, fluid wave, puddle sign, etc, are tested and elevated jugular venous pressure is also checked and further biochemical investigations such as liver function tests (to check impaired liver function), coagulation tests, etc.

General instructions:

Sample Requirement: Specimen - Aspiration of Ascitic fluid from the peritoneal cavity. Test Preparation: None.

NOTE - Sample for specimen collections may vary based on the patient’s condition/cases according to the patient’s presenting complaints/signs or symptoms:

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENT (Special or Rare Cases) - As instructed and guided by Physician / Clinician / Pathologist / as per Laboratory’s requirements, according to procedures and protocols.    

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