What is the significance of pleural fluid ADA test?

What is the significance of pleural fluid ADA test?

In this video, Dr. Sunil Dargar, MBBS, MD, Pathologist, New Delhi, talks about the significance of pleural fluid ADA test. Pleural tapping has been sent for ADA test and it is found that the level of ADA test exceeds more than 35 or 100 IU/L as seen in different patients, then it is believed that it is tuberculosis positive. It might be positive or not, because ADA is a substance which is secreted by a lymphocyte when it is reacting. Reactive lymphocytes can be present in various other situations such as sarcoidosis, autoimmune disorders or leukemia or any parasitic infections. Hence, Dr. Dargar informs that the ADA test is not enough to confirm tuberculosis.

Dr. Sunil Dargar

MBBS, MD - Pathology & Microbiology. Has 38 years of experience. Pathologist in Jasola, Delhi and has an experience of 38 years in this field. Practices at Delhi ENT Multispecialty Hospital and Research Centre in Jasola, Delhi. Completed MBBS from Nagpur University in 1980 and MD - Pathology & Microbiology from Nagpur University in 1983. A member of Delhi Medical Council.

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