SPINAL FLUID - CYTOLOGY
Synonyms: Ventricular Fluid - Cytology
Applies To: Detection of abnormal cells and malignant cells
Lab: Cytopathology Laboratory
Request Form: Cytopathology Requisition Form
Collection: See Storage and Special Instructions
Storage Instructions: Cells degenerate quickly in CSF. Fresh specimens should be sent immediately to the Cytopathology Laboratory. Call the laboratory if a delay is anticipated.
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: Spinal fluid
Volume: 1-10 mL
Minimum Volume: 1 mL
Container: Well-constructed container with secure lid and sealed plastic bagReviewed 6/19/12 by Robert Stewart