ABDOMINAL FLUID - CYTOLOGY
Synonyms: Ascitic Fluid, Peritoneal Fluid
Applies To: Detection of abnormal cells and malignant cells
Lab: Cytopathology Laboratory
Request Form: Cytopathology Requisition Form
Collection: See Storage Instructions
Storage Instructions: Preferred: fresh specimens sent to the laboratory immediately; Acceptable: specimens refrigerated 1-2 days. Call the laboratory if more than 2 days old.
Causes for Rejection: Delayed delivery of fresh specimens, incomplete and/or improper labeling, insufficient pertinent clinical history. See Cytopathology specimens acceptance and rejection policy.
Availability: Specimens are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM (except holidays) at Room 9.300 John Sealy Annex
Turnaround Time: Routine: 1-3 working days; STAT: same day
Special Instructions: Pertinent clinical information must be included on request form.
Specimen: Abdominal fluid
Volume: 5-500 mL
Minimum Volume: 5 mL
Container: Well-constructed container with secure lid and sealed plastic bag
Reviewed 6/15/12 by Robert Stewart