Adenosine Deaminase

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Also known as: ADA
Formal name: Adenosine Deaminase, Fluid
Related tests: TB tests, AFB Smear and Culture, Body Fluid Analysis, Pleural Fluid Analysis

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help detect or rule out a Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in pleural fluid in order to assist in the diagnosis of tuberculosis; rarely to detect the infection in other body fluids such as peritoneal fluid or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

When to Get Tested?

When a doctor suspects that someone with chest pain, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing has tuberculosis that has spread from their lungs to the pleurae (lining around the lungs)

Sample Required?

A volume of pleural fluid is collected by a doctor using a procedure called thoracentesis; other body fluids are collected using other procedures

Test Preparation Needed?

None required