TABLE 2.

Peritoneal Fluid Leukocytes, Polymorphonuclear Cells, Mononuclear Cells, Total Protein, Albumin, γ-Globulin, Glucose, and Specific Gravity in 26 Patients With Culture-Positive Bacterial Peritonitis, 6 Patients With Acute Mesenteric Lymphadenitis, and 26 Control Subjects

ParameterBPMLCP Value§
(Median [Range]/Mean ± SD)BP Versus MLBP Versus CML Versus C
Leukocytes × 103/mm3*244 (16–566)1.15 (0.30–5.50)1.10 (0.02–4.60).0002<.000001.71
Polymorphonuclear × 103/mm3*115 (2.21–427)0.29 (0.02–0.88)0.33 (0.01–2.62).002<.000001.44
Mononuclear × 103/mm3*69 (3.84–453)0.75 (0.28–4.62)0.64 (0.01–1.98).0002.00005.51
Total protein (mg/dL)6.1 ± 1.44.1 ± 0.83.8 ± 0.5.003<.000001.17
Albumin (mg/dL)3.5 ± 1.12.9 ± 0.52.8 ± 0.5.17.006.9
γ-Globulin (mg/dL)2.6 ± 0.71.3 ± 0.50.9 ± 0.3.0003<.000001.04
Glucose (mg/dL)40 (2–144)96 ± 592 ± 18.004.00002.49
Specific gravity1034 ± 91031 ± 21031 ± 4.55.12.66
  • BP indicates bacterial peritonitis; ML, mesenteric lymphadenitis; C, control subjects.

  • * To convert number of cells to cells × 109/L, multiply by 1.

  • To convert values to g/L, divide by 100.

  • To convert glucose values to nmol/L, divide by 18.03.

  • § Bonferroni correction, statistical significance at P < 0.017 (0.05 ÷ 3).

  • Mann-Whitney U test.

  • T test.