Calprotectin Measurement in Ascitic Fluid: A New Test for the Rapid  Diagnosis of Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis
Abstract Introduction: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is diagnosed by the presence of q250 polymorph nuclear cells (PMN) per milliliter (ml) in ascitic fluid. However, the pro-cedure is time-consuming, operator-dependent, and not always readily available. Calprotectin is a cytosolic protein in neu-trophilic leukocytes that is released in response to inflammatory processes. In the GI tract calprotectin in feces is considered a ... Read more