Synonyms/Also Known as
ADA Ascitic Fluid
TB Screening Tests, AFB Testing, Body Fluid Analysis, Pleural Fluid Analysis
Why get tested?
Helps to assist in the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), by either detecting the infection in the fluid (most commonly pleural fluid and rarely in serum, asitic fluid, pericardial fluid, synovial fluid, CSF etc) or rule out the infection.
When to get tested?
When there are symptoms such as cough, loss of weight, loss of appetite, fever-evening rise of temperature, swellings in the neck (lymph node), chest pain etc., when suspecting tuberculosis infection.
Test preparation needed
No special preparation required
About The Test
How is it used
1. When is ADA test ordered?
ADA test is ordered mostly when there is accumulation of fluid (pleural, peritoneal etc) and symptoms suggestive of Tuberculosis such as cough, fever, weight loss etc.
2. Is it advised to get the ADA test done in all the suspected cases of tuberculosis?
The ADA test is not done as a routine test in all suspected cases of tuberculosis. the ADA test along with other tests such as AFB smear, helps in the treatment management, till the results of culture (gold standard method) are available.
3. On what all samples ADA test can be performed?
Most commonly ADA test is performed on pleural fluid, however ADA estimation can be done on ascitic fluid, pericardial fluid, CSF, synovial fluid etc.