Test/Profile NameAdenosine Deaminase (ADA)
Test/Profile CodeAdenosine Deaminase (ADA)
To help detect or rule out a Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in pleural fluid in order to assist in the diagnosis of tuberculosis and rarely to detect the infection in other body fluids such as peritoneal fluid or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
Synonyms (Also knowns as)
Specimen Type and Minimal VolumePleural Fluid , Serum, CSF : 0.3mL
FormsPleural Fluid , Serum, CSF : 0.3mL
Test EquipmentBiosystem BTS - 330
Test MethodAdenosine Glutamate dehydrogenase
Peural Fluid : 0 – 33 U/L
Reporting Time (Turn Around Time; TAT)6 hrs
Adenosine deaminase (ADA) is a protein that is produced by cells throughout the body and is associated with the activation of lymphocytes. Conditions that trigger the immune system, such as an infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, may cause increased amounts of ADA to be produced in the areas where the bacteria are present. This test measures the amount of adenosine deaminase present in pleural fluid in order to help diagnose a tuberculosis infection of the pleurae.
Cancer (particularly lymphomas)
Related TestFluid for AFB