Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Peritoneal fluid: cell count and differential

Contributor(s): Annalisa Barrelet, Frank Taylor

Overview

  • Diagnosis and characterization of conditions causing alterations in peritoneal fluid.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Total nucleated cell count.
  • Direct smear.
  • Smear of centrifuged plug if low cellularity or preferably cytocentrifugation.
  • Culture of supernatant if peritonitis   Abdomen: peritonitis  suspected. Aerobic and anaerobic culture.

Availability

  • Standard.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Barrelet A (1993) Peritoneal fluid part I - laboratory analyses. Equine Vet Educ (2), 81-83.
  • Barrelet A (1993) Peritoneal fluid part II - cytological examination. Equine Vet Educ (3), 126-128.
  • Cowell R L, Tyler R D, Clinkenbeard K D & MacAllister C G (1987) Collection and evaluation of equine peritoneal and pleural effusions. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract 3, 543-561 PubMed.


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