Applies To: Detection of abnormal cells and malignant cells
Lab: Cytopathology Laboratory
Request Form: Cytopathology Requisition Form
Collection: See Storage Instructions
Storage Instructions: If > 0.5 cc of fluid is obtained, send fluid in capped syringe (remove needle) or clean container. If < 0.5 cc obtained, send smears fixed in 95% alcohol.
Causes for Rejection: Incomplete and/or improper labeling, insufficient pertinent clinical history, specimen not fixed on slide immediately. See the 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: Slides should be put in Cytopathology pap smear bottle. Pertinent clinical information must be included on request form. Slides must be labeled in pencil (frosted end) with patient's full name and unit history number.
Specimen: Cyst aspiration slide or cyst fluid.
Volume: >0.5cc or submit slides
Container: Well constructed container with secure lid and sealed plastic bag or use Cytopathology pap smear bottle for slides.
Reviewed 6/15/12 by Robert Stewart