ENDOCERVICAL ASPIRATION - CYTOLOGY
Synonyms: Pap Smear - Cytology
Applies To: Detection of abnormal cells and malignant cells
Lab: Cytopathology Laboratory
Request Form: Cytopathology Requisition Form
Collection: See Storage Instructions
Storage Instructions: Slides should be fixed in 95% alcohol.
Causes for Rejection: Incomplete and/or improper labeling, insufficient pertinent clinical history, specimen not fixed on slide immediately. See Cytopathology specimens acceptance and rejection policy and the Medicare compliance instruction.
Availability: Specimens are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM (except holidays) at Room 9.300 John Sealy Annex.
Turnaround Time: Routine: 3-5 working days; STAT: same day
Special Instructions: Pertinent clinical information must be included on request form. Slides must be labeled in pencil (frosted end) with patient's last name and unit history number.
Specimen: Endocervical aspiration slide
Container: Heavy cardboard microslide mailer or pap smear bottle
Reviewed 6/15/12 by Robert Stewart