Definition of Peritoneal fluid analysis
Peritoneal fluid analysis is a laboratory test to examine fluid that has collected in in the area of the abdomen that contains the gastrointestinal organs. This area is called the peritoneal space.
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and George F Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 1/28/2009